OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) — A man convicted of holding a 10-year-old girl prisoner for 17 days in a suburban New York dungeon has been found dead in his cell at Sing Sing.
A state corrections department spokeswoman says John Esposito was found unresponsive in his cell 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.
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.
Beers said in a statement to CBS-TV she was happy Esposito would "never have the opportunity to hurt anyone ever again."