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Ohio Kidnapper Accepts Plea Deal to Avoid Death Penalty: Ariel Castro, the man accused of holding three women captive in his home for almost 10 years, accepted a plea deal today that will allow him to avoid the death penalty.  Ashley Fantz of CNN reports that Castro will now be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus an additional 1,000 years in prison.  Castro was originally charged with 977 counts, but under the plea deal he agreed to plead guilty to 937 of the charges.

Convicted Murderer Executed in Alabama: Andrew Lackey, an Alabama man convicted of  beating and shooting an elderly man to death in 2005, became the first inmate executed in Alabama since 2011.  The Associated Press reports that Lackey dropped all of his sentencing appeals, and was executed after writing to the Alabama Supreme Court requesting that his death sentence be carried out.  

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested After Faking his own Death
: A convicted sex offender who failed to show up to his July 8 sentencing hearing in Ohio was found in Florida after authorities believed him to be dead.  WFTV reports that William Wigfield, who was convicted of raping a 14-year-old boy, skipped his sentencing hearing, cut off his GPS ankle monitoring device and fled the state.  Police believe Wigfield dumped the GPS monitor into a river in order to fake a suicide and impede their investigation.  

Missing Girl Found After Being kept in a Metal Box: According to a federal complaint filed earlier this week, a teenage girl reported missing from Los Angeles was sexually assaulted, kept inside of a metal box, and forced to take care of marijuana plants under the direction of two Sacramento men.  Joseph Serna of the LA Times reports that the girl was allegedly kept in the box for three days, and was only able to drink water occasionally from a hose.  If convicted, the two men face a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, but they have yet to be charged in the alleged abuse of the girl. 

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