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Plea deal in Cleveland sex-slave horror?

posted at 1:43 pm on July 25, 2013 by

NBC affiliate WKYC reports that Ariel Castro, the defendant facing 977 counts related to his abduction and slavery of three young women in Cleveland for more than a decade, may take a plea deal to avoid trial — and especially the death penalty:

The Investigator Tom Meyer has confirmed that a plea deal has been offered in the case against Ariel Castro.

Castro is said to be considering the deal today but nothing has been finalized. …

The plea deal would mean that Castro would not face the death penalty.

There could be a couple of reasons why a prosecutor would offer a plea deal in a case like this, even with overwhelming evidence of guilt.  First, the prosecutors might not feel completely comfortable that a jury will convict on the murder charges, which would take the death penalty off the table anyway.  But it’s more likely that the state would like to spare the victims the further trauma of a trial if possible, in exchange for so many consecutive life sentences that Castro will be assured to never leave maximum security.  That also eliminates any appeals, which means that the victims will be freed of dealing with Castro and the case immediately.

If Castro takes the deal, WKYC reports, he will appear in court tomorrow to change his plea. Stay tuned.

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But it’s more likely that the state would like to spare the victims the further trauma of a trial if possible, in exchange for so many consecutive life sentences that Castro will be assured to never leave maximum security.

I can see that as a good thing.

Of course, a decade ago, the death penalty in Ohio was so screwed up that there was a saying that the safest place in the world was to be on Ohio’s death row. Not so much anymore.

Bitter Clinger on July 25, 2013 at 1:58 PM

You know what’s another way that you could spare the victims further trauma? Maybe just beat him to death with a tire iron. How’s that sound? Any objections? Anyone? Anyone??

SoRight on July 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I hope that Castro takes the deal because I lack confidence in our new prosecutor. He almost blew the serial killer case a couple of years ago and questions are being raised about his evidence handling in this case.

myrenovations on July 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

You know what’s another way that you could spare the victims further trauma? Maybe just beat him to death with a tire iron. How’s that sound? Any objections? Anyone? Anyone??

SoRight on July 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I have some other suggestions, but they really aren’t fit for print.

NotCoach on July 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Guys like this are why the death penalty exists, but if they can lock him away for life and spare his victims the trauma of a trial then I think that is a good outcome. Hopefully, the sentence is truly for life, and not one of those things where he gets out on parole in 20 years.

bitsy on July 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Handled properly, he’ll be in the general pop. Shouldn’t take long.

a capella on July 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM

he’ll take the plea, and if he’s smart will off himself before entering the general inmate population

gatorboy on July 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Guys like this are why the death penalty exists, but if they can lock him away for life and spare his victims the trauma of a trial then I think that is a good outcome. Hopefully, the sentence is truly for life, and not one of those things where he gets out on parole in 20 years.

bitsy on July 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

The EU euro-trash government scum would have him back on the streets in 20 years (or less!) with a full-government pension.

ebrown2 on July 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

A plea deal?

Why?

How about Castro be tried on every count, individually?

At least that would keep him incarcerated until long after he is dead.

Or, is the La Raza lobby that strong in Ohio these days?

OK, that last part was sarcasm.

Or is it?

coldwarrior on July 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM

The only plea should be…do you want to forego the trial and be put to death immediately or have a trial then be put to death

jaywemm on July 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM

The only plea should be… Say I’m guilty and be put to death immediately or have the trial then be put to death

jaywemm on July 25, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Oops sorry for the double–didnt think my first post was listed. It’s ok tho I feel that adamant about this POS

jaywemm on July 25, 2013 at 6:41 PM

His fellow inmates will administer the DP, without the hassle of endless appeals…

JohnGalt23 on July 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

These plea deals are ridiculous, and the reason why these idiots plead not guilty in the first place.

Take the case of Shasta Groene. Several years ago, she and her brother Dylan were kidnapped in Idaho by a guy who killed their other brother, mother, and mother’s fiance. He took them to a campsite in Montana where he did God-knows-what to them, but ended up killing Dylan out there. Several weeks later, he showed up in Coeur d’Alene with Shasta, and a waitress at Denny’s recognized her, and alerted the police, where she was rescued and he was apprehended. The scum guy did a plea deal, which was supposed to keep him in prison for the rest of his life, especially considering I think he’s now been found guilty of a murder of a child in California. He’s now waited a few years, and he’s trying to play the system – claiming who knows what – trying to weasel his way out of prison.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/jan/08/killer-joseph-duncan-gets-new-hearing/

Katja on July 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM

A plea deal?

Why?

coldwarrior on July 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM

So the 3 young ladies don’t have to testify or see him ever again.

RickB on July 25, 2013 at 7:42 PM

So the 3 young ladies don’t have to testify or see him ever again.

RickB on July 25, 2013 at 7:42 PM

OTOH, if they can stick the murder charge on him, might they not be motivated to go through with it? I’d sure hope the prosecutor has asked them if they want the chance to see the guy get the needle, vs. accepting some plea without it.

TexasDan on July 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I wouldn’t be so sure the victims don’t want to get up in court and testify against him. Surprisingly, most victims find it therapeutic to do so.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM

…kill him!

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

1.) The murder charge will be exceedingly difficult to prove,
2.) The victims will have to testify at trial,
3.) “Natural Life” is just that,
4.) The death sentence, being put to sleep like a dog, is too easy,
5.) He will eventually be downgraded to Medium Security,
6.) However, he will be held in PC (protective custody) for as a long as he wants it,
7.) If he wants to die, like Jeffrey Dahmer, he will demand to be placed in the GP (general population) and NO warden, per the Supremes, can deny that request,
8.) Natural Life is FAR more punishment than never waking up from a nap after being given “the needle”.
Just Tryin’ ta Help
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Karl Magnus on July 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

You know what’s another way that you could spare the victims further trauma? Maybe just beat him to death with a tire iron. How’s that sound? Any objections? Anyone? Anyone??

SoRight on July 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I will hold your coat and have Gator ade handy for you

katy the mean old lady on July 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Handled properly, he’ll be in the general pop. Shouldn’t take long.

a capella on July 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Newp. Sorry. That happens ONLY upon request of the inmate.
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Karl Magnus on July 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

He’s 54 already. Tack on 15 years for all the appeals and I’m sure he’s already past the life expectancy of an inmate. Take the deal.

blammm on July 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Have we heard if this guy is an illegal alien or not?

According to Obama, if he’s an illegal all he needs to do is say “I’m a DREAMER” and he just walks away.

BobMbx on July 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Take it Ariel! There is always the possibility of escape or an Obama/Holder pardon!!

Deano1952 on July 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM