Model of house where women held captive unveiled

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors have unveiled a model of the Cleveland house where convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro imprisoned three women for a decade.

The model was wheeled into a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County courtroom Thursday ahead of Castro’s sentencing on his guilty plea last week to 937 counts, including aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

The model is a replica of the house in a blue-collar west side Cleveland neighborhood where investigators say Castro imprisoned the women, often with chains, after abducting them from nearby streets between 2002 and 2004.

Castro’s plea deal includes a sentence of life in prison plus 1,000 years.

Judge Michael Russo is expected to conduct a lengthy sentencing hearing that will include evidence from prosecutors about Castro’s crimes along with a statement from Castro himself.

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