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Ariel Castro looks down Friday during court proceedings in Cleveland. Castro, who imprisoned three women in his home, subjecting them to a decade of rapes and beatings, pleaded guilty Friday to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Defense attorney Jaye Schlachet is on the right.

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Ariel Castro pleads guilty in Ohio kidnap case

A man accused of imprisoning three women in his home and subjecting them to rapes and beatings for a decade avoided the death penalty Friday, pleading guilty in a deal that will keep him in prison for life.

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