Ariel Castro, the man convicted of the kidnapping and rape of three women has committed suicide by hanging was found at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
He was pronounced dead at around 11:00 p.m. at Ohio State Medical Center.
Castro, was sentenced on August 1 to life in prison, plus 1,000 years, for kidnapping and sexually assaulting three women. He was being held at the Ohio State Correctional Center.
The Ohio Department of Corrections provided 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.”
Castro was 52 years old.