Ariel Castro will die in prison.
According to reports, the 53-year-old Ohio man — who held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive in his Cleveland home for a decade — plead guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping, rape and aggravated murder today. By making a plea deal, he avoided the death penalty and was sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.
“You understand you will be in prison for life?” County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo asked Castro. “You don’t even have the hope or expectation that you will be getting out.”
“I understand that your honor,” Castro replied.
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The plea deal means the women will not have to testify about Castro’s horrendous actions, which included beating, raping and starving one of the women until she suffered a miscarriage.
According to the women’s attorney, “Amanda, Gina, and Michelle are relieved by today’s plea.”
“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,” Jones Day law firm released in a statement. They continue to desire their privacy. They do not wish to speak to the media or anyone else, and they thank people for continuing to respect their privacy as they grow stronger. They are immensely grateful for the support they have received from family, friends, and the donations to the Cleveland Courage Fund.”
According to authorities, Castro abducted Knight, Berry and DeJesus separately within a two-year period starting in 2002. The women, plus Berry’s 6-year-old daughter fathered by Castro, were rescued from the 1,400-square-foot Cleveland home in May.
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‘Just Blame It on a Brotha’ Crimes
1. Amanda Knox blamed her black boss!
2007: Before Amanda Knox was arrested and convicted for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, she offered up Patrick Lumumba, a black bar owner for whom she worked, as the murderer. He was arrested and spent two weeks in prison. He was released after the claim proved to be false, however, he had to close his bar and lay off all the staff. He later sued the police for damages for false imprisonment and won. He’s now suing Knox for defamation. (Photo: AP)
2. Ashley Todd blamed a black man
Ashley Todd, a volunteer for the McCain/Palin campaign, told investigators she was getting cash from an ATM when a 6-foot-4 black man approached her from behind, put a knife blade to her throat and demanded money. On a roll, she continued with . . .the man noticed a McCain sticker on her car punched her in the back of the head, knocked her to the ground and scratched a backward letter “B” into her face with a dull knife and then the man told her she was going to become an Obama supporter. WHAT? The police didn’t believe her either. (Photo: NewsOne)
3. Susan Smith blamed a black man!
1994: Susan Smith claimed that a Black man hijacked her car with her kids in it. She went on TV and received a lot of media attention. She would later admit to rolling her car into a lake, with her children in it. Why? So she could start her life over by marrying a wealthy man without having the burden of her old family. (Photo: Tumblr)
4. Charles Stuart blamed a black man!
1989: Charles Stuart was a Boston man who shot his pregnant wife in the head and then shot himself in the abdomen. Stuart told the police that a Black man was responsible for the shootings, sparking a police round-up of hundreds of Black men for questioning. Stuart even picked a man out of a lineup. Stuart’s story unraveled and he committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. Motive: Greed – life insurance. (Photo: Tumblr)
5. Joran Van der Sloot blamed two black security guards!
2005: Natalee Holloway was a student who disappeared while on a class trip to Aruba. Before suspicion fell on Joran Van der Sloot (pictured) and the two Kalpoe borthers, the Aruban police detained Nick John and Abraham Jones, two black security guards who worked at the hotel where Holloway was staying. No one has ever been convicted nor her remains ever recovered. Van der Sloot in currently in prison for another murder. (Photo: AP)
6. Timothy McVeigh: The media blamed the Nation of Islam
1995: The Oklahoma City Bombing that claimed 168 lives and injured more than 680 people was first blamed on “the Nation of Islam.” Both NBC’s anchor Tom Brokaw and ABC’s Peter Jennings broadcast this false story to the world, endangering the lives of Blacks and Muslims all over the nation. The actual terrorists were white men, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, from middle America with U.S. military backgrounds. (Photo: AP)
7. Brian Wells blamed a group of Black men
2003: A pizza deliveryman Brian Wells walked into a bank in Erie, Pa. with a bomb locked around his neck. He told police that a group of Black men had taken him hostage and put the bomb there. After receiving close to $9,000, the pizza man was blown to bits by the bomb. Police would later find out that Wells was in on the plot with a few of his white buddies. (Photo: AP)
8. Central Park Jogger- A New York “trial” blamed 5 black/latino teens
1989: Central Park Jogger- A New York “trial” in which five Black and Latino teens (Pictured) were convicted of assaulting and raping a white woman, introducing the term “wilding” into the racist Caucasian lexicon. A serial rapist (not black) admitted his guilt in the crime, which was confirmed by DNA testing. He also stated that he had never met the five victims of white “justice.” (Photo: Blackamericaweb)
9. George Zimmerman blamed the victim, a black teen
2012: George Zimmerman, a White & Latino neighborhood watch coordinator saw Trayvon Martin in his gated community and considered him to be up to no good. Zimmerman called in to the police station and was told to stand down. Zimmerman disobeyed orders and confronted Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year-old African American. Trayvon was killed. Zimmerman blamed the victim, stating that Trayvon attacked him and he was only defending himself. The trial begins in a few weeks. (Photo: AP)
10. Bonnie Sweeten blamed two black men
2009: Bonnie Sweeten of Feasterville, PA called 911 and reported that she and her 9-year-old daughter had been carjacked and were being held in the trunk of her car by two black men. A massive man-hunt was immediately ordered. After Sweeten made several more 911 calls, her story began to fall apart. A camera at Philadelphia International Airport caught her buying two one-way tickets to Orlando, Florida to go to Disney World. She is currently in prison.
11. Jesse Anderson blamed two black men
1992: Jesse Anderson (Pictured top with wife) told the police that while leaving a suburban Milwaukee restaurant he and his wife were attacked by two Black men. She later died from the wounds. After a five-day search for the fictional Black criminals, Anderson was arrested and charged with his wife’s murder. Greed was his motive . . . a $250,000 insurance policy. He was killed in prison two years later on the same day as Jeffrey Dahmer (bottom right) by Christopher Scarver (bottom left). Christopher said God told him to do it.
12. Robert Harris blamed a black man
1996: Robert Harris (No photo available) claimed that he and his fiancée, Teresa McLeod, had been shot and robbed on a quiet Baltimore, Maryland, street by an armed black man wearing a camouflage jacket and black and white pants. Harris was shot once and McLeod was shot several times. Teresa died at the scene. Within two days of the murder, Harris confessed to his involvement. Motive: Greed. Harris thought that he was the beneficiary of McLeod’s $250,000 life insurance policy. (Photo: NewsOne)
13. Charles Manson blamed murders on blacks in hopes to start a race war
1969: Convicted mass murderer Charles Manson and ‘The Family’ went on a killing spree hoping to incite a race war that he dubbed ‘Helter Skelter.’ During this period, eleven people were murdered by the Manson Family.
14. Bethany Storro blamed a black woman
2010: Bethany Storro claimed she was approached by a black female in her late twenties as she walked into a Starbucks and that the black female hurled the acid in her face after saying ‘Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?’ The story had too many holes to hold up under police questioning. She finally caved and admitted she actually did it to herself. (Photo: AP)