Cleveland kidnapper guilty plea

Ariel Castro, the man charged with holding three women captive and abusing them in his home in Cleveland, Ohio, will serve a life sentence without parole under a plea agreement with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.

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Castro abuse victims 'relieved' by life sentence

Pictures released during the search for Amanda Berry (left) and Gina DeJesus in 2003 and 2004.

Three Cleveland women kidnapped and raped by former school bus driver Ariel Castro have said they are relieved and satisfied that he will spend the rest of his life in prison under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were abducted by Castro and held captive for as long as 11 years in his house, where he repeatedly raped them. They were rescued on May 6th, along with Berry's 6-year-old daughter fathered by Castro in captivity.

"Amanda, Gina, and Michelle are relieved by today's plea," the three women said in a statement released by the law firm Jones Day.

"They are satisfied by this resolution to the case, and are looking forward to having these legal proceedings draw to a final close in the near future."

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