Ariel Castro has agreed to a plea deal that means he would “never be eligible for a parole hearing” and would be kept in jail for the rest of his life, the prosecution and defense just said in a Cleveland court.
If a judge approves the deal that he be kept in jail for “life plus 1,000 years,” Castro would avoid a trial and the possibility of a death sentence.
Castro, who is pleading guilty to holding three young women — and the child he fathered with one of them — captive in his Cleveland home for the past decade, told the judge Friday morning that he is “fully aware” of the deal and consents to it. He faced more than 900 charges.
The hearing began around 10:30 a.m. ET and the judge is spending considerable time questioning Castro about whether he understands the deal. We’ll be updating this post.