COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The three victims of Ariel Castro are declining to comment on the news that the man who held them prisoner in his home for a decade has taken his own life in an Ohio prison.
But prosecutor Tim McGinty says it shows that Castro "couldn't take, for even a month, a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade."
Officials say the 53-year-old Castro hanged himself in his cell, using a bedsheet. He was found hanging last night at the state prison in Orient, Ohio. Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A prisons spokeswoman says Castro was in protective custody because of the notoriety of his case, meaning he was checked every 30 minutes. But he was not on suicide watch.
Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison after reaching a deal to avoid a possible death penalty.
A neighbor who lived up the street from Castro says, "He took the coward's way out." Elsie Cintron says, "We're sad to hear that he's dead, but at the same time, we're happy he's gone."
202-a-11-(George Torres, neighbor, in interview)-"easy way out"-Neighbor George Torres says Ariel Castro's death reveals his true personality. COURTESY: WEWS-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (4 Sep 2013)
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177-a-15-(Elsie Cintron, neighbor of Ariel Castro, in AP interview)-"all them years"-Neighbor Elsie Cintron says she's surprised Castro died after he fought being sentenced to death. (4 Sep 2013)
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178-a-16-(Elsie Cintron, neighbor of Ariel Castro, in AP interview)-"you've done before"-Neighbor Elsie Cintron says Castro's death means his victims won't have to worry about their safety. (4 Sep 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Ariel Castro headshot, appears in court for sentencing on kidnapping and rape for holding 3 women captive for 10 years, Cleveland, Ohio, on texture, partial graphic (4 Sep 2013)
APPHOTO CD211: FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2013 file photo, Ariel Castro bows his head in the courtroom during his sentencing sentencing in Cleveland. Castro, 53, now serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and rape, was found hanging in his cell, Tuesday night, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, FILE) (4 Sep 2013)
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