Ariel Castro Takes 1,000-Plus Years in Prison to Avoid Death Penalty

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This undated photo released by the Cleveland Police Department shows Ariel Castro. Three women who disappeared in Cleveland a decade ago were found safe Monday, May 8, 2013 and police arrested three brothers, including Castro, accused of holding the victims against their will.
Photo: Cleveland Police Department

Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro, who held three women captive for a decade, pleaded guilty today to 937 counts of the most horrifying stuff imaginable in order to not face the death penalty. Instead, he agreed to life in prison, plus at least 1,000 years, which still, somehow, does not seem like long enough.