Cleveland Kidnapper Found Hanged in Prison Cell

Ariel Castro at his court sentencing in August (Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper, was found hanging in his Ohio prison cell Tuesday night, according to CNN. He was sentenced in August to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and raping three women, as well as murder.

Authorities found Castro, 52, hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, about 9:20 p.m., the state's Department of Corrections said.

Prison medical staff tried to revive him but failed.

Castro was taken to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.

During Castro's sentencing last month, Judge Michael Russo said there was no place in the world for his kind of criminal.

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping, in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table.

The charges stem from his kidnapping, rape and assault of three women: Michelle Knight, abducted in 2002; Georgina DeJesus, abducted in 2004; and Amanda Berry; abducted in 2003.

Castro is the father of Berry's 6-year-old girl, DNA tests confirmed. 

Former neighbor Charles Ramsey rose to prominence after his dramatic recounting of his rescue of two of the victims went viral.

Read more at CNN.

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