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Cleveland Man Agrees to Plea Deal for Kidnapping Three Women

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade has agreed to a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.

Ariel Castro is entering the plea Friday. In exchange, prosecutors say the 53-year-old man will be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.

The deal also means the three women he held captive will be spared from having to testify in a trial.

Castro has been charged in a 977-count indictment.

He had been scheduled for trial to start on August 5th on allegations that included repeatedly restraining the women and punching and starving one woman until she had a miscarriage.

The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. Each said they had accepted a ride from Castro.

The three escaped Castro's house May 6 when one kicked out part of a door and called to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested within hours and has remained behind bars.


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