Man convicted of raping 10-year-old girl found dead in Menard prison cell

Gary Grodin (Source: IDOC)
Gary Grodin
(Source: IDOC)

CHESTER, Ill. — Prison officials revealed Wednesday that a man who has just started serving a 56-year sentence for raping a child was found dead in his Menard prison cell.

Officials say 33-year-old Gary Grodin was brought to Menard on June 29th and was found dead in his cell July 20th.

The Randolph County coroner says the death doesn’t appear to be from natural causes, but a death investigation could take six to eight weeks.

Grodin pleaded guilty in June to repeatedly raping a ten-year-old girl from Swansea while she was bound with zip ties.