A Statement from Mayor Frank G. Jackson Regarding the Ariel Castro Plea Agreement

“This plea agreement moves this case closer to a final resolution and allows us to continue to heal as a community.”

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“Most importantly, this plea agreement spares the victims of these crimes from having to relive their ordeal, and hopefully allows them to continue to privately heal with their friends and loved ones. Today is not the day to think about the actions of one man. Instead, we should all reflect on the strength and courage Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus possess that allowed them to survive and escape.”

“In light of today’s plea agreement, there will be a renewed interest in hearing the young women’s story. I ask everyone to remember that these young women, as brave and strong as they are, are still in the midst of a long healing process. We all need to respect their privacy and give them the space they need to heal.”