POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 11:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 8:46pm
NBC News — NBCNews.com reported Tuesday night that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was found dead in his prison cell.
The Cleveland man was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years parole in July after pleading guilty to imprisoning and raping three women for a decade. According to a prison spokeswoman, the 53-year-old convict was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.
The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped May 6, when one of the women broke part of a door and yelled to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested that evening.
Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.