Ariel Castro ordered to pay to tear down Cleveland home where he held three women for a decade

Ariel Castro at a pretrial hearing July 24 in Cleveland. Aaron Josefczyk / Reuters file

Ariel Castro will have to pay for the demolition of the Cleveland house of horrors where he imprisoned and raped three women for a decade, according to details of his guilty plea made public Tuesday.

To avoid the death penalty, Castro pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole — plus 1,000 years. Prosecutors dropped 40 extra counts that were considered redundant.

"He's never coming out except nailed in a box or in an ash can," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said at Castro's sentencing hearing Friday.

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In the plea deal, which was filed Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Castro, 53, agreed to pay $22,268.83 to the county-overseen Cuyahoga Land Bank to demolish his house. 

Any leftover money will be given to the Cleveland Courage Fund, the nonprofit foundation that was set up to support Castro's victims: Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry and her 6-year-old daughter by Castro.

Castro abducted the women between 2002 and 2004 and for the next decade beat and raped them and sometimes chained them in the basement of the house. They escaped in May after Berry broke through a door and screamed for help while Castro was out of the house.

The plea deal also requires Castro to surrender his Ruger handgun.


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