According to reports from CNN out of Cleveland, Castro has struck a deal in the kidnapping/raping and holding against their will of three women for more then a decade that, if accepted by a judge, will allow him life in prison and spare him the death penalty. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/26/justice/ohio-castro/index.html0 In May, a man named Charles Ramsey was eating lunch inside his home when he heard cries for help coming from Castro's home by one of the women Castro had kidnapped, Amanda Berry. Fearing a domestic dispute, Ramsey kicked in the door where the women were being held, and helped usher them to a nearby neighbor's house, where they called the police. Said Ramsey: Along with Berry, who had been missing since 2003, was her 6 year old daughter, whom Berry has confirmed was conceived with Castro via rape. Also being held by Castro was Gina DeJesus, who had been missing since 2004 when she was 14 years old, and Michelle Knight, who disappeared in 2002 when she was 21 years old. Castro had been charged with 977 felony counts in all, most involving kidnapping and rape, but also one count of aggravated murder, on the belief that he had terminated a pregnancy of one of the women he had held captive and raped. The plea deal was asked for by an attorney for the three women, who wanted to spare the women having to testify, but would only be agreed upon by Castro's attorney if the death penalty was off the table. This morning, the prosecution and Castro's attorney came to an agreement: Life in prison without parole. My opinion: Ariel Castro is exactly the type of sub-human that the Death Penalty was created for. He shouldn't be able to enjoy a great film, read a good book, or even be able to laugh again. He shouldn't know kindness or love or partake in a good meal, all things possibly afforded him by having his life extended. However, there's something else that needs to be weighed, and that's the mental health of the women he held captive, for 11, 10 and 9 years respectively. Lord knows the horrors they experienced during their time in captivity, including what we know, which is that they were raped. If it spares them having to face Castro even one more time, then life in prison as compared to death is a fair trade-off. Is life in prison a fair trade-off from the death penalty for Ariel Castro? Why or why not? All thoughts on this are welcome and encouraged.