Monday, July 29, 2013

Ariel Castro gets life without parole plus 1,000 years

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro made a plea bargain to receive life in prison without parole. He was facing the death penalty for two aggravated murder charges in the deaths of unborn children of one of the victims he held captive.

The women's escape from Castro's home two months ago at first brought joy to the city where they had become household names after years of searches, publicity and vigils, then despair at revelations of their treatment.

Their rescue brought shocking allegations that Castro fathered a child with one of the women, induced five miscarriages in another by starving and punching her, and assaulted one with a vacuum cord around her neck when she tried to escape.