They suffered for a decade, and he’ll pay for it for the rest of his life.
Former school bus driver Ariel Castro pleaded guilty on Friday to kidnapping and raping three Cleveland women, in a missing persons case that galvanized a community and shocked North America.
Castro agreed to a deal that will keep him in prison for the rest of his life but would avoid the death penalty. In exchange, he will be sentenced to 1,000 years in prison with no chance of parole.
"I knew I was pretty much going to get the book thrown at me," Castro told an Ohio judge, according to Reuters.
Castro had been held in custody since early May, when three women who had disappeared from their Cleveland homes about 10 years ago were rescued from his home alongside a six-year-old girl.
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The three women – Gina DeJesus, 23, Michelle Knight, 32, and Amanda Berry, 27 – had disappeared in separate instances between 2002 and 2004 and were held captive inRead More »from Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro pleads guilty, avoids the death penalty