Women in Ohio Kidnap Case Relieved by Plea Deal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) The three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade say they are relieved that Ariel Castro has pleaded guilty to charges that will keep him in prison for life.

A statement released Friday by a law firm representing the women says they are satisfied by the resolution and looking forward to the end of the legal end of the case.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are continuing to ask for privacy and say they don't want to speak publicly.

Castro pleaded guilty Friday to 937 counts. Prosecutors are recommending that he be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years when he's back before a judge next Thursday.

The three women who disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 escaped from Castro's house May 6.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio prosecutor says he's making sure convicted rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro will never see the girl he fathered with one of his victims.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Blaise Thomas says his office will ask a judge at Castro's sentencing next week to impose a standard no-contact order on Castro. His daughter was born Christmas Day 2006 in the house where Castro held her mother and two other women captive for a decade.

Chief Prosecutor Tim McGinty says the county will use over $20,000 seized from Castro to tear down the house within a month.

McGinty says the plan is to tear down two abandoned houses next door and a build a park.

McGinty rejected attempts by Castro to portray himself as a victim of a sex addiction, calling him a coward.


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