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Katie Beers' captor found dead at NY prison

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Katie Beers, whose kidnapping attracted nationwide headlines in 1992, poses for a photo on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Old Westbury, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman) Katie Beers, whose kidnapping attracted nationwide headlines in 1992, poses for a photo on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Old Westbury, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

The man convicted of holding a 10-year-old girl prisoner for 17 days in a Long Island dungeon was found dead in his prison cell.

A state corrections spokeswoman says John Esposito was found unresponsive in his cell at Sing Sing on Wednesday. She says the death was under investigation but didn't appear to be suspicious.

He was serving a 15-to-life term for kidnapping Katie Beers and hiding her for 17 days under his Bay Shore, N.Y. home in 1992.

"It's time to close another chapter in my life... I have to say that I'm not saddened by John's passing - I'm saddened for his remaining family - they lost John a long time ago, but now they've lost him forever. Within 24 hours, we have lost 2 monsters - Ariel Castro, who committed suicide; and John Esposito, who has died of unknown reasons," said Beers in a statement to the media.

Linda Foglia says a corrections officer observed Esposito "not breathing" around 3:30 p.m. at the Ossining, N.Y., facility.

He had appeared before the parole board earlier in the day.


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