“I was employed at a state corrections facility. When I got charged with Felonious Assault and Kidnapping, my job put me on unpaid leave. Greg Robey fought hard for me and the State agreed to dismiss all the felony charges against me. I am now back on the job because of the hard work of Mr. Robey.” -T.J., Cleveland, Ohio
In some cases, avoiding the death penalty represents the best outcome. Such is the case with the now-notorious Cleveland man Ariel Castro.
An unemployed bus driver, Castro kidnapped and confined three women for more than a decade, beating, raping and traumatizing them in turn. The first woman abducted, 31-year-old Michelle Knight, stated she spent “11 years in hell.” Castro also held Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, with whom he fathered a child in captivity.
In an effort to avoid a possible death sentence, Castro pled guilty to 937 criminal counts, including kidnapping and murder. The sentencing memorandum revealed details of the ordeal of the three women, including:
Judge Michael Russo described Castro as a “violent sexual predator.” In sentencing him to life in prison plus 1,000 years, the judge noted there was no place in the world for a criminal like Castro. In a twist of irony, Castro recently committed suicide while in prison. The incident is currently under investigation.
Although they survived their ordeal, all three victims must now reorient themselves to a life outside of captivity.
If you are facing felony sex or other charges in Ohio, seek knowledgeable legal representation at the Law Office of Gregory S. Robey.