Kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro was monitored at “staggered” intervals, not on suicide watch.
For holding three women captive and subjecting them to unimaginable horrors, Ariel Castro was sentenced to 1,000 years in prison. But he fulfilled just one month of that sentence. At 9:20pm last night, Ohio Bureau of Prisons officials found Ariel Castro hanged in his cell.
Although some reports say otherwise, CNN’s Pamela Brown recently reported that Castro was not on suicide watch as he was when he first entered the prison.
NBC News reports that:
“He had been housed in protective custody, which means he was in a cell by himself, and guards make rounds every 30 minutes at staggered intervals, according to the Ohio Bureau of Prisons.”
According to the Ohio Bureau of Corrections, a “thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.”
The Chicago Tribune reports that JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Rehabilitation and Correction Department, said that Castro, 53, was first transferred to a local hospital and pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.
The Tribune also reiterated this point:
“Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty acknowledged after Castro’s sentencing that a suicide note and confession written by Castro was found by authorities at his residence when they searched his home following his arrest in May.”