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Ariel Castro, convicted kidnapper and murderer, was reportedly found dead tonight in his Ohio jail cell.
Though corrections officers were housing him in protective custody, Ariel was apparently found hanging in his cell as rounds were being made. Medical staff attempted to save his life, but reports say he was eventually pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital.
A rep from the Ohio Department of Corrections apparently just released this statement:
Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals. 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 10:52 pm. A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.
Just a few short weeks ago Ariel was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Stay tuned for more updates as we learn them…
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