Convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead

CREATED Sep 4, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 4, 2013

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AKRON - Convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro was found dead in his prison cell late Tuesday night.

Castro was sentenced to life, plus 1,000 years, last month, but last night he was found dead, hanging in his prison cell.

Officials at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, found Castro hanging in his cell at about 9:20 p.m. Guards tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead over an hour later at a medical center.

Castro had been housed by himself in protective custody, with rounds to his cell every 30 minutes.

Last month, Castro was sentenced for kidnapping, raping and holding captive three young women: Amanda Berry, Georgina de Jesus and Michelle Knight.

The story shocked the nation after their decade-long ordeal was revealed.

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table.