Prosecutor says Seymour Avenue home of Ariel Castro will be torn down

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty made clear Friday his intentions for the Seymour Avenue home where Ariel Castro held three women captive for about a decade.

"Judge, we're gonna tear down the house and look closely at everything that falls," McGinty said, as Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping.

The Seymour Avenue home of Castro will be transferred to the Cuyahoga County Land Bank. Castro argued there was more money in his home than $22,000, which will be forfeited. The judge asked the prosecution to investigate that claim.

McGinty said in a news conference after the hearing that Castro's money will be used to demolish the home, as well as two neighboring vacant homes.

Discussions to knock down the home began Thursday evening.

In agreeing to a plea deal to avoid the death penalty, Castro's recommended sentence will be life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years.

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