Ohio Kidnapping Suspect Takes Plea Deal To Avoid Death Penalty

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by Caryn Little

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Ariel Castro, the man accused of holding three women captive and raping them for nearly a decade, has agreed to a plea deal. 

The deal will avoid the women having the testify about the case.  Prosecutors offered the deal that recommends he be sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.  If the case went to trial, he faced the death penalty. 

An attorney for the women said they were happy with a plea deal because the victim's wouldn't have to take the stand.  Castro is facing 977 charges in reference to the case.

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