Kidnapper: 'I knew book was going to be thrown at me'

When asked if he understood he would never be released from prison, Ariel Castro said: "I do understand that, your honor."

He added, "I knew I was pretty much going to get the book thrown at me."

The deal comes more than a month after a statement issued on behalf of the women said they were "hopeful for a just and prompt resolution" and had "great faith in the prosecutor's office and the court."

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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.