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Ohio kidnapping: Accused agrees to life imprisonment plea deal

Ariel Castro, 53, walks into the court room with his head down for a pre-trial hearing on charges including rape, kidnapping and murder in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Castro agreed on Friday, July 26, 2013, to plead guilty and serve
Ariel Castro, 53, walks into the court room with his head down for a pre-trial hearing on charges including rape, kidnapping and murder in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Castro agreed on Friday, July 26, 2013, to plead guilty and serve life in prison without parole for the abduction and abuse of three women over about a decade. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CLEVELAND (REUTERS) - Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agreed on Friday to plead guilty and serve life in prison without parole for the abduction and abuse of three women over about a decade.

Under a plea agreement announced in court, Ohio prosecutors agreed that Castro will not be eligible for the death penalty.

Castro was charged with 977 counts including kidnapping and rape for snatching the women, holding them in captivity, and brutalising them for years.