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Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings

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Elias Acevedo looks over to the prosecutors during his pretrial hearing, on Dec. 2, 2013, in Cleveland.

A man nabbed by Cleveland police because of the proximity of his house to the late serial rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to murder and rape charges on Monday in connection with the killings of two women.

Elias Acevedo Sr. was sentenced to 445 years in prison without parole for the murders of the women and multiple counts rape that date back as far as two decades, according to NBC affiliate, WKYC.

Acevedo became a suspect in the murders of Pamela Pemberton, 30, and Christina Adkins, 18, after detectives took a closer look at disappearances on Seymour Avenue following Ariel Castro's arrest for kidnapping and raping three women.

Acevedo, who lived doors away from Castro, pleaded not guilty in October to 293 counts, including 173 counts of rape and 115 counts of kidnapping.

On Monday, in a plea deal, Acevedo pleaded guilty to strangling Pemberton in 1994 and killing a pregnant Adkins the following year. Adkins' body was discovered in October.

Acevedo also pleaded guilty to multiple rape and kidnapping charges — some of them involving children, WKYC reported.


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