'West Park Rapist' Ronnie Shelton, who was jailed for 3,000 years for rape over 30 women, commits suicide
Ronnie Shelton was sentenced to serve anywhere between 1,554 and 3,195 years in an Ohio prison after he was convicted for raping over 30 women in 1989
Cleveland's infamous "West Park Rapist," Ronnie Shelton, who had been sentenced to thousands of years in prison for raping over 30 women, reportedly jumped off a building at the Grafton Correctional Institution last week. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office records show that Shelton suffered a fractured skull and other injuries when he landed on the concrete floor.
Investigators are treating the incident as a suspected suicide and do not suspect any foul play involved, records state. Shelton was imprisoned in 1989 for a series of rapes.
According to police records reviewed by cleveland.com, Shelton was pronounced dead at about 8.15 pm on September 25 at the MetroHealth Medical Center. Records stated that he jumped off the building at the facility at about 4.30 pm and was rushed to a local hospital in Lorain County before being flown to Cleveland by air ambulance for further treatment.
However, it is still unclear how Shelton climbed to the top of the building. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Spokeswoman Jo Ellen Smith said she wouldn't be able to comment on the incident as an investigation was still underway.
At the time of Shelton's conviction, a jury found him guilty of 220 counts of rape in one of the most high-profile cases of the decade, with the then-Common Pleas Court Judge Richard McMonagle handing him the county's longest sentence ever, which was anywhere between 1,554 and 3,195 years in prison.