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Ariel Castro escapes death sentence

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By Ashley Fantz and Ronni Berke, CNN

Ariel Castro agreed Friday in an Ohio courtroom to a plea deal in one of the most sensational kidnapping cases in recent memory. The deal, reached with prosecutors, would let him avoid the possibility of a death sentence and spare his alleged victims from having to testify at a trial.

The plea deal recommends that he be sentenced to life in prison without parole — that he never get a parole hearing. It could also mean that a trial Castro was facing August 5 will not happen and he will not face the possibility of being sentenced to death.

A source close to the case had earlier told CNN that the deal could require that Castro stand at a podium in court and plead guilty.

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Source: CNN