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CLEVELAND- The man accused of kidnapping three women, holding them captive for about a decade and raping them repeatedly has decided to enter a guilty plea.

The trial of Ariel Castro was scheduled to start in two weeks but that came to a halt after Castro pleaded guilty Friday.

He admitted to kidnapping three women, holding them captive in a house in Cleveland and raping them.

He even fathered a child with one of the victims.

Castro was facing the death penalty since he was facing nearly 1,000 criminal counts, including two counts of aggravated murder.

By pleading guilty, prosecutors took the death penalty off the table.

The plea also spares Castro’s victims from having to relive those years in captivity.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for next Thursday.

He is expected to get life in prison without the possibility of parole plus an addition 1,000 years.