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."
More top news
The man who drove the van that ploughed into pedestrians killing 13 people was unharmed and is still on the run, police believe.
Donald Trump has said American culture is being "ripped apart" by efforts to remove Confederate memorials from parts of the country.
It's a bright start for many this morning, with a mixture of sunshine and showers across the UK.