Accused Kidnapper Ariel Castro May Get Out of the Death Penalty With One Simple Word

Ariel CastroAriel Castro is accused of crimes so heinous, they are hard to even discuss. He stands accused of kidnapping three girls -- Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Georgina "Gina" DeJesus -- off the street, keeping them chained in his Cleveland house of horrors for nearly a decade, and beating at least one of them to end pregnancies that developed as a result of his near constant rapes. It's a crime so heinous, it's hard to even fathom.

Now, Castro is mulling over the possibility of a plea deal, which may come as soon as this morning. It would include a lesser sentence (life in prison as opposed to death) in exchange for one "guilty" plea and the end of all the back and forth.

Many times, plea deals are ways that criminals get lesser sentences, and many times they feel horrifically unfair. In this case, though, a plea deal could possibly be the best thing for everyone involved.

For the women, it could mean having to spend less time in court, rehashing all the horrible things that happened to them. Though it's not entirely clear how it will all work and whether there truly would be no trial, it could also mean that the insanity and circus that would surround such an event would be dulled.

If he were getting less than life in prison or some kind of reduced sentence, then we might feel differently, but life in prison is, for many inmates, far worse than death. In some sort of poetic justice, he is being sentenced to the kind of life he once forced these women into -- one with small rooms, closed doors, and no chance of freedom and sunlight.

What he is accused of doing is simply beyond anything most of us could even begin to imagine. And what those girls had to endure is despicable. If this gives them some small measure of comfort, then it's a good deal.

I have to imagine that hearing him admit guilt, take responsibility, and be locked away for life would give these women some closure and would do so much faster than a long, drawn-out, aggravated murder trial and death penalty trial.

There is no even exchange here and no one really wins. What he is accused of doing to those girls is depraved beyond belief. But this potential plea deal may make their lives a little easier, and for that, it seems well worth it.

Do you think this plea deal seems fair?

 

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Emmie25 Emmie25

Personally, I hate plea deals. The drunk driver who killed my 4 year old took a plea deal and only got ten years probation. There was no justice.

jaznrich jaznrich

How sad emmie25. I could not even imagine your frustration and pain.

bills... billsfan1104

Oh god Emmie, that happened to a friend of mine. I cannot imagine what you are going through.

As far as Castro, it seems like prison is something he is more scare of. I don't believe in the death penalty, but I also believe that prison shouldn't be a cake walk either. Make prison a punishment, not somewhere where you can work out an shit like that.

Cherie-Chris Jones

After all he did to those girls I hope he gets worse in prison for the rest of his life he is a disgusting coward and he should be chained in a room and those 3 girls should be able to go beat him like he beat them so sickening

nhamp... nhampton401

"but life in prison is, for many inmates, far worse than death. In some sort of poetic justice, he is being sentenced to the kind of life he once forced these women into -- one with small rooms, closed doors, and no chance of freedom and sunlight"


I don't know what prison you're talking about but prisons in the US are not what you're describing. They're warm in the winter and cool in the summer with hot meals, tv, weight rooms and comfy beds. This man deserves a rope and a tree. Nothing more than that.

bills... billsfan1104

Nhamton, I read somewhere that prisoners have more benefits than our soldiers.

nonmember avatar Anna

My uncle was murdered in 1992 when I was five years old. The men who beat him to death plead guilty to second degree murder. One was sentenced 20 years to life and he's out on parole because of "good behavior" and the other guy was sentenced 24 years to life and has nearly killed another inmate so we doubt he'll get out. But just having one out of prison is sickening. Plea deals suck. With this case, life in prison seems like a slap on the wrist.

amnew... amnewlon8982

Send him to the Estelle unit in Texas...there's no a/c...and the guards aren't friendly just like the inmates when they find out you're a rapist. I know of several Texas prisons with no a/c and no privileges where they make you work. 

nhamp... nhampton401

billsfan I've heard the same. They certainly have more freedom than soldiers in some states.

Brenda Allen Floyd

Life in prison is fine...save the money that would be spent on a trial and send him on to jail. He won't last a week there.

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