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Ariel Castro, center, looks up during court proceedings Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Cleveland. Defense attorney Craig Weintraub, left, and Jaye Schlachet watch. Attorneys for Castro, the man accused of holding three women captive in his home for more than a decade, have told a judge that plea negotiations in the case are still ongoing. Castro has pleaded not guilty to nearly 1,000 counts of kidnap, rape and other crimes. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ariel Castro agrees to plea in Ohio kidnap case

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By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade agreed to plead guilty Friday in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

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In exchange, Ariel Castro would be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years, prosecutors said.

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