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Ohio suspends men who guarded kidnapper Castro the night of his suicide
Two high profile suicides in Ohio prisons are under investigation

Karen Kasler
Ariel Castro killed himself in the prison center where he was being evaluated on where to serve his life-plus-1,000-year sentence.
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The state’s prisons department has suspended two guards in the wake of last week’s suicide of Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

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Two corrections officers are now on paid administrative leave while the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections awaits the results of an investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol into Ariel Castro’s suicide in a prison south of Columbus.

A prisons spokesperson says correction officers Caleb Ackley and Ryan Murphy were on duty in the housing unit at the Orient Correctional Facility, where Castro was being held last week he was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell.

The Franklin County coroner ruled his death a suicide.

Castro was about a month into his sentence of life plus 1,000 years.

He was the second high-profile inmate to commit suicide in an Ohio prison in a month; Billy Slagle – also from Cleveland -- killed himself in August, just three days before his scheduled execution.

There have been seven suicides in Ohio prisons this year.


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