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Convicted N.Y. captor found dead in cell

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A man convicted of imprisoning a 10-year-old girl for 17 days in a suburban New York dungeon was found dead in his cell, and she expressed sympathy for his family but not for him.

John Esposito was found unresponsive at a prison in Ossining, N.Y., on Wednesday, said spokeswoman Linda Foglia. The death is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious, she said.

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Esposito, 64, was serving 15 years to life for kidnapping Katie Beers and hiding her under his Bay Shore home in 1992.

Beers is now a married mother of two who earned a degree in business management and works in insurance sales.

She said in a telephone interview that state parole officials called her Wednesday with the news of his passing. ‘‘They wanted me to hear it from them and not in the media,’’ Beers said.

She was ambivalent about the news. ‘‘I would never say I was happy about it, but I wasn’t saddened about it,’’ Beers said. ‘‘There was a loss of a life. Somebody lost an uncle, a brother, whatever, so I am saddened for his family.’’

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