(NBC News) The man who held three girls captive inside his Cleveland home for ten years was found dead inside his Ohio prison cell Tuesday night.
Ariel Castro committed suicide just 34-days into his life-plus sentence for the crimes that shocked a community and disgusted the nation.
"I think he had to sooner or later because he was given a nonsense penalty. Nonsense, i mean, who the hell is going to last a thousand years. Maybe because of his conscience," said Castro's uncle Julio Castro.
The 53-year old was found hanged inside his prison cell in Orient, Ohio.
According to the prison, Castro was being housed in protective custody in a cell by himself where he was monitored every 30-minutes by guards.
Back in Cleveland, his death triggered strong reactions.
"I think he's done the public a great service and the tax payers of Cleveland a great service and of Ohio. The guy was a scumbag and i hope wherever he is he's in a lot of pain," said resident John Zubal.
But Castro's attorney Craig Weintraub says the system failed him.
"I understand that the public in general is probably gonna say "good riddance" but this is a human being and we are a civilized society and we expect that the person will be protected when they are institutionalized," said Weintraub.
The prosecutor who put Castro behind bars issued a statement calling Castro a coward saying quote: "This man couldn't take, for even a month, a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade."
According to their attorney, the three girls Castro held captive will not comment about his suicide.
It's a death those close to Castro now hope will bring closure and the last page in a horrific tale that ended in a prison cell.
-- Jay Gray, NBC News, reports