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Girl's captor found dead in prison

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 prison cell.

A state corrections spokeswoman said John Esposito was found unresponsive in his cell at Sing Sing jail in New York state on Wednesday. She said the death was under investigation but did not appear to be suspicious.

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

Spokeswoman Linda Foglia said a corrections officer observed Esposito "not breathing" in his cell.

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

Ms Beers said in a statement to CBS-TV she is happy Esposito will "never have the opportunity to hurt anyone ever again".

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