Ariel Castro to Pay for Demolition of Home Where He Held Three Women Captive
Ariel Castro, the man who kidnapped, raped, and tortured, three young Cleveland women for more than a decade at his Seymour Avenue home on the city's west side, will have to pay for the demolition of his house of horrors, according to details of his guilty plea that were made public this week.
Castro, 53, pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping, and attempted murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years. All to avoid the death penalty. Prosecutors dropped 40 counts that were considered to be redundant.
During Castro's sentencing hearing on Friday, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said:
"He's never coming out except nailed in a box or in an ash can."
The plea deal was filed on Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. In the deal, Castro agreed to pay $22,268.83 to the county-oversee Cuyahoga Land Bank to demolish the home. Any leftover money will be given to the Cleveland Courage Fund, the non-profit foundation set up to support Castro's three victims - Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus, and Berry's 6-year-old daughter by Castro.
The terms of the plea deal also require that Castro surrender his Ruger handgun.
Castro kidnapped each of the three women between 2002 and 2004. For the next decade, he beat, raped, and tortured them. The three women and a 6-year-old child conceived by Berry with Castro escaped the home in May after Berry broke through a door and screamed for neighbors to help.