Ariel Castro Prison Guards Placed On Leave

10:49 PM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
Ariel Castro enters the courtroom in a pre-trial hearing, in which he entered a guilty plea. July, 26, 2013. Courtesy WKYC.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- State prison officials have placed two guards on leave during investigations into the suicide of Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says the two guards were on duty in the prison unit where Castro hanged himself.

Smith said Tuesday the two are on paid administrative leave until internal investigations by the department and a criminal investigation by the state highway patrol are completed.

Smith says guards Caleb Ackley, 26, and Ryan Murphy, 27, both joined the agency in 2007 and neither has ever been disciplined.

Messages were left for the union representing prison guards.

The 53-year-old Castro hanged himself with a bedsheet earlier thismonth, a few weeks into a life sentence for imprisoning three women in his home for a decade.

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