Skip to comments.Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro goes for plea deal, life without parole +1,000 years
Posted on 07/26/2013 10:46:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Guilt or innocence was never really the big question at hand in the bizarre and sickening case of Ariel Castro, the Ohio-area man who kidnapped three women, imprisoned them in his home, repeatedly raped them, and starved and beat one victim into having multiple miscarriages. Shortly after the three women were finally returned to freedom back in May, however, the big question that arose was whether Castro could face the death penalty for deliberately killing the victim’s children in the womb. In Ohio, causing “the unlawful termination of anothers pregnancy” against her will constitutes aggravated murder, and the death penalty is an available punishment — but after negotiations with the prosecution this week, the dirtbag went for a guilty plea specifically to avoid the possibility and ergo will not go through the trial originally scheduled for August 5th. Via Fox News:
The Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty.
In exchange, prosecutors said 53-year-old Ariel Castro would be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.
Castro had been charged in a 977-count indictment. He had been scheduled for trial Aug. 5 on allegations that include repeatedly restraining the women and punching and starving one woman until she had a miscarriage. The former school bus driver also was charged with hundreds of counts of kidnapping and rape, plus assault and other counts.
Castro was in court Friday morning to enter the guilty plea. When asked if he understood he would never be released from prison, Castro said: “I do understand that, your honor.”
He added, “I knew I was pretty much going to get the book thrown at me.”
Oh gee, he anticipated that he was “going to get the book thrown” at him? Man, the heart bleeds. Not.
He’ll be out on parole after 400.
Put him in a small, cold dark place and see how he likes it..scum of the earth
I see “A Very Special Lifetime Original” smarmy chick flick coming out of this. “Taken: The Cleveland Kidnappings”? Anything to keep the lo-info people occupied.
I think he will get what he has done.
Prosecutors would rather go after people they can “Nifong” like the Duke lacrosse team or George Zimmerman.
A known rapist, kidnapper, and murder gets off easy.
“Why a plea deal here.”
I couldn’t bring myself to read the article; too depraved. But, a plea deal was probably offered because the prosecutor didn’t think he could get a stronger penalty. (I’m speculating.) It might also be that the prosecutor feels he could lose some or all of the evidence on a technicality and the jury might go for a lower sentence.
A lot goes on behind the scenes and even if the newspapers knew about it, their reporting is generally so bad they’d never get it across.
Hopefully he will be Dahmerized.
Lock him up for life in a women’s prison.
It wouldn’t be for long.
I would have made sure he gets put into general population
‘life’ in prison would be about 6 months, max.
I think those are rational thoughts. It does disturbs me that the media can manipulate public opinion to the degree that it does, but why do authorities allow them to do it?
How hard would it be to list what this man did to these women, and demand justice? Certainly today’s women could be made to see this is an instance where a man took every decision a woman could make away from her, times three.
Boy, if a verdict was ever a done deal, this would have to be one IMO.
his new name would be Ariel Castrated.
Should have gotten the Death Penalty for sure, but, we don't wanna have to argue the "life begins at Conception" issue in the Courts.
Another life-long burden on Taxpayers to fund this incarceration, with cable TV, Internet Access, food, shelter, etc., etc.
We could save Millions for Taxpayers if ALL prisoners on Death Row were executed immediately, free up needed prison space, AND, eliminate Repeat Offenders.
Unfortunately, the bilking of Taxpayers to pay the Lawyers to Argue for 20 years in Courts on useless/baseless Appeals is not gonna happen in YOUR lifetime.....follow the money.
I'm not saying that he doesn't deserve to fed feet-first into an incinerator, but how much money do you want to pay for that satisfaction?
(snippy)”It does disturbs me that the media can manipulate public opinion to the degree that it does, but why do authorities allow them to do it?” Authorities don’t have a press or propaganda machine. They rely on the “press.” The authorities can give the best story possible, but they don’t have an audience and the press does. The first amendment allows the press to present only those bits the press feels are relevant.
(Snippy) “How hard would it be to list what this man did to these women, and demand justice?” We have an adversarial judicial system. Just listing the charges and demanding justice is disturbly similar to The Inqusisition, where the accused was charged but not allowed to defend themselves in an adversarial manner. The founding fathers realized this created a high burden on the state but they wanted a high burden on the state and a lower burden on the accused. The Founders knew this would let some guilty people walk. But they preferred that over having the King’s 100% conviction rate.
(Snippy) “Boy, if a verdict was ever a done deal, this would have to be one IMO.” A lawyer told me that there was no such thing as an open and shut case. He said that no matter how stacked the case was on one side or another that it was always a 50/50 gamble as to how it would turn out. He said the best thing to do was stay out of court. Having said that, I’d have thought the Zimmerman case was open and shut in Zimmerman’s favor. But at least 40% of the people disagreed with me. I conclude the lawyer was right. The DA made a good call here. He also saved probably a million dollars off his budget that he can now use to go after other criminals.
OK, I’d like somebody to explain to me how in the world can someone admit guilt, so he can escape the ultimate penalty...
Under Ohio law, he’s a murderer.
In ohio, is the punishment for murder the death penalty?
“I’m not saying that he doesn’t deserve to fed feet-first into an incinerator, but how much money do you want to pay for that satisfaction?”
Actually, I think Vinnie and Guido would be happy to do it on their day off as a public service. But Vinnie and Guido won’t have access. However, their brother’s in the clink may still administer “justice” alla Jeffrey Dahmer. (A prisoner locked the guards out of a room and left Jeffrey with another prisoner who did the honors.)
BTW, love “Bubba Ho-Tep”...er...the name, that is.
I would give him the “deal” just to bring closure to his victims, not have death penalty appeals drag on endlessly, and not force them through the ordeal of facing him in a Courtroom. It’s a fair cop.
RE: Under Ohio law, hes a murderer.
In ohio, is the punishment for murder the death penalty?
The powers that be don’t want this case to morph into another debate about abortion or when life begins...
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