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Ariel Castro Found Dead, Hanging in His Cell

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 9:  In this handout from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Ariel Castro, 52, is seen in a booking photo May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro is accused of kidnapping and sexually assault three women for about ten years while he held them captive in his house. (Photo by Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 9:  In this handout from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Ariel Castro, 52, is seen in a booking photo May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro is accused of kidnapping and sexually assault three women for about ten years while he held them captive in his house. (Photo by Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

Ariel Castro, the convicted kidnapper and rapist who held three women hostage for a decade in his home, was found dead in his cell at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio on Tuesday night. A prison staffer found Castro at 9:20 p.m., Ohio Department of Corrections spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said in a statement, adding, "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." When prison medical staff couldn't revive him, Castro was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. Castro took a plea deal in July for life in prison plus 1,000 years in order to avoid the death penalty.

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Photo: Handout/2013 Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office