According to an article published by USA Today on July 26, 53-year-old Ariel Castro has plead guilty in the Cleveland kidnapping case, and agreed to spend not less than 1,000 years in prison.
USA Today reports that Castro accepted a plea deal that requires him to spend the rest if his life in prison. In exchange for pleading guilty Castro will not face the death penalty for his crimes.
Ariel Castro was charged with 977 counts in connection with the kidnappings of 32-year-old Michelle Knight, 27-year-old Amanda Berry, and 23-year-old Gina DeJesus. All three were kidnapped between 2002 and 2004 after accepting a ride from Castro, and were then held captive inside this Cleveland, Ohio home for nearly a decade.
The world learned of these horrific crimes on May 6, 2013 when Amanda Berry saw an opportunity to break free from Castro’s “house of horrors” and cried out for help. A neighbor heard her cries and came to her aid by kicking in a barricaded door.
After their rescue, all three women were treated and released from a Cleveland hospital. Since that time they have stayed secluded, and have continually asked for privacy as the continue to recover from their ordeal.
Castro’s formal sentencing will be held on August 1, 2013.
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