Ohio Prosecutors: Castro Could Face Death Penalty

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It's been an emotional week in Cleveland. It began with the rescue of three women -- Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight -- missing for a decade.
         
Cleveland residents prayed and marched in support of the three young women, who are adjusting to their new-found freedom.
    
DeJesus and her family are now sleeping together on inflatable mattresses in the living room.

"She says, 'Mom I don't want to stay in a room.' So I say, 'You don't have to anymore,'" DeJesus' mother, Nancy Ruiz, said. "So that's part of the process, part of her healing...knowing that she now can do what she wants."

While the three families begin the healing process, another -- the mother of suspect Ariel Castro -- is in agony.

"My son is sick," Lilian Rodriguez told reporters. "I ask those mothers to forgive me."

Prosecutors say Castro could face hundreds of charges, including murder for the pregnancies he allegedly terminated with his own hands. For that he could face the death penalty. 

"Based on the facts, I fully intend to seek charges for each and every act of sexual violence, rape, each day of kidnapping, every felonious assault, all his attempted murders and each act of aggravated murder he committed by terminating pregnancies that the offender perpetuated against the hostages during this decade-long ordeal," Cuyahoga County, Ohio, prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.

Investigators say a letter reportedly found inside Castro's home offers one clue on a motive for these incomprehensible crimes. In it, they say, he claims to be a sex addict.

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