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Castro accepts plea deal in Cleveland kidnapping case

CLEVELAND, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A plea deal has been reached in the Ariel Castro kidnapping and rape case.

Castro was accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for years, before they were rescued in May.

Castro agreed to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday in order to avoid the death penalty.

Castro was faced with a 977-count indictment, including rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder stemming from the death of an unborn child by one of the victims.

Castro held Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus captive in his Seymour Avenue house for years before they were rescued on May 6.

During captivity, he also fathered a child with victim, Amanda Berry. 

Berry, Knight and DeJesus disappeared on separate occasions between 2002 and 2004.  

Tune in to WTOL 11 News at noon for more on this breaking news story.

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