Plea deal in Cleveland sex-slave horror?
posted at 1:43 pm on July 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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.