Accused of holding three women captive for over ten years in his Cleveland home, Ariel Castro agreed to plead guilty in a deal with the State of Ohio to avoid the death penalty Friday. According to FOX News:
In exchange, prosecutors said 53-year-old Ariel Castro would be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years. Castro had been charged in a 977-count indictment. He had been scheduled for trial Aug. 5 on allegations that include repeatedly restraining the women and punching and starving one woman until she had a miscarriage. The former school bus driver also was charged with hundreds of counts of kidnapping and rape, plus assault and other counts.
Castro made it clear to the judge that he knew what he was in for and expected the worst. When the judge asked Castro if he had any remaining questions about the deal, Castro made a point to mention that he was victimized as a child, saying, “my addiction to pornography and my sexual problem has really taken a toll on my mind.”