Ariel Castro Sentenced To "Not Less Than 1,000 Years"

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Ariel Castro Sentenced To "Not Less Than 1,000 Years"

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM EDT

CLEVELAND, Ohio (www.abcnews.com) -- Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro accepted a plea deal today that sends him to prison for life plus "not less than 1,000 years" with no chance of parole for abducting three women and keeping them as sex slaves for over a decade.

"I'm fully aware and I do consent to it," Castro said at a hearing today in a Cyuahoga County court. The deal will spare him from the possibility of facing the death penalty.

"I knew I was going to get the book thrown at me," Castro, 52, told the court.

The former school bus driver was also accused of the aggravated murder of a fetus, after forcibly causing an abortion in one of his victims that he is accused of impregnating. That charge that would have carried the death penalty had he been convicted.

Castro's trial was scheduled to start Aug. 5.

He has pleaded not guilty to nearly 1,000 counts of kidnapping, rape and other crimes. Among those charges are two counts of aggravated murder for allegedly punching in the belly one of the women until she miscarried.

The victims, Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were discovered in Castro's home in May. They were abducted between 2002 and 2004, when they were in their teens or early 20s.

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