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Ariel Castro Update: Cleveland kidnapper expected to speak at Thursday sentencing hearing, report says

Kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, accused in the abduction of three women recently freed in Cleveland, Ohio, is seen in a mugshot photo, May 9, 2013. Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department

Ariel Castro enters the courtroom Friday July 26, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he pleaded guilty to more than 900 counts in the kidnapping and rape of three young women.
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(CBS) Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who pleaded guilty to holding three women captive in his home for about a decade, is expected to speak at his sentencing hearing Thursday, CBS affiliate WOIO reports.

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One of the three victims is also set to testify, a source told CBS News, in what would be the first meeting between victim and captor since the victims escaped from the home May 6.

Castro pleaded guilty July 26 to 937 counts, including rape, kidnapping, aggravated murder and assault, accepting a plea deal that spared him from the death penalty. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of life in prison plus 1,000 years.

A judge will determine Thursday whether or not to accept the sentence.

Castro plans to make a short statement to the court, his attorney, Craig Weintraub, told WOIO. The statement isn't pre-planned, so it's not clear what he will say, Weintraub said.

Speaking as he pleaded guilty July 26, Castro said he understood the deal means he will never be released from prison.

"I knew I was going to get pretty much the book thrown at me," Castro said. He said he was "fully aware" of the terms of the plea agreement and consented to it, adding, "There are some things I don't understand...because of my sexual problem."

The three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004. They were rescued after Berry kicked in a screen door and yelled to neighbors for help.

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