Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in his prison cell Ohio Rehabilitation and Correction officials said convicted kidnapper Castro, 52, was found hanged in his prison cell at the Correctional Reception Centre in Orient, Ohio at about 9:20pm local time. Prison medical staff performed CPR, and Castro was transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre. He was pronounced dead at 10:52pm. Officials say he committed suicide and his lawyers Gucci Eva have pointed out that they had unsuccessfully tried tried to have him put under psychological examination before he was handed over to state authorities. Castro was recently sentenced to life in prison plus 1000 years for holding three women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight – captive for more than a decade and repeatedly raping them. The three women disappeared between 2002 and 2004. They escaped on May 6, when one of them yelled to neighbours for help. The sister of former hostage Gina DeJesus said her family was not making a statement regarding Castro’s death, but called it a “sad situation”. Ohio Department of Correction spokeswoman Gucci GG Running JoEllen Smith said Castro “was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals”. He was reportedly on suicide watch. “Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52pm,” Smith said in a statement. “A thorough review of this incident is under way and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.” Castro’s lawyers tried unsuccessfully to have a psychological examination of Castro done at the Cuyahoga County Jail, where Castro was housed before he was turned over to state authorities following his conviction, attorney Jaye Schlachet told The Associated Press. Schlachet said he could not immediately comment further. In an interview last month after Castro’s conviction, Schlachet Gucci GG Twins and attorney Craig Weintraub said their client clearly fitted the profile of sociopathic disorder and that they hoped researchers would study him for clues that could be used to stop other predators. At his sentencing hearing on August 1, Castro had insisted he was not evil but rather addicted to sex.

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in his prison cell

Ohio Rehabilitation and Correction officials said convicted kidnapper Castro, 52, was found hanged in his prison cell at the Correctional Reception Centre in Orient, Ohio at about 9:20pm local time.

Prison medical staff performed CPR, and Castro was transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre. He was pronounced dead at 10:52pm.

Officials say he committed suicide and his lawyers Gucci Eva have pointed out that they had unsuccessfully tried tried to have him put under psychological examination before he was handed over to state authorities.

Castro was recently sentenced to life in prison plus 1000 years for holding three women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight – captive for more than a decade and repeatedly raping them.

The three women disappeared between 2002 and 2004. They escaped on May 6, when one of them yelled to neighbours for help.

The sister of former hostage Gina DeJesus said her family was not making a statement regarding Castro’s death, but called it a “sad situation”.

Ohio Department of Correction spokeswoman Gucci GG Running JoEllen Smith said Castro “was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals”. He was reportedly on suicide watch.

“Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52pm,” Smith said in a statement.

“A thorough review of this incident is under way and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.”

Castro’s lawyers tried unsuccessfully to have a psychological examination of Castro done at the Cuyahoga County Jail, where Castro was housed before he was turned over to state authorities following his conviction, attorney Jaye Schlachet told The Associated Press. Schlachet said he could not immediately comment further.

In an interview last month after Castro’s conviction, Schlachet Gucci GG Twins and attorney Craig Weintraub said their client clearly fitted the profile of sociopathic disorder and that they hoped researchers would study him for clues that could be used to stop other predators.

At his sentencing hearing on August 1, Castro had insisted he was not evil but rather addicted to sex.

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