A judge says the Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade agreed to a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.
Ariel Castro was in court Friday. He had been charged in a 977-count indictment.
In exchange, prosecutors said the 53-year-old Castro would be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.
Castro is scheduled for trial Aug. 5 on allegations that include repeatedly restraining the women and punching and starving one woman until she had a miscarriage.
The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. Each said they had accepted a ride from Castro.
They escaped Castro's house May 6 when one kicked out part of a door and called to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested within hours and has remained behind bars.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.