TODAY | July 26, 2013
>>> new developments to the cleveland kidnapping case this morning and a possible plea deal for the man that held three women hostage for decades. kevin, good morning to you.
>> reporter: good morning, matt, ariel castro is expected to accept a deal which will spare him the death penalty . sources involved in the investigation tell nbc news that is castro plea deal reportedly calls for life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years.
>> clearly the motivation for castro is to avoid the death penalty and he gets this by taking this plea deal .
>> castro has been behind bars since may charged with kid napg and raping three women and holding them for a decade inside his cleveland home before they managed to escape.
>> these young women suffered enough and to see a long trial go on with a lot of hurtful and dark and evil testimony given, it's not going to serve any purpose.
>> reporter: earlier this month, the victims released their own video breaking their silence about the ordeal for the first time since their dramatic homecomings.
>> i would say thank you for support.
>> i want everyone to know how happy i am to be home with my family and my friends.
>> we have been hurt by people, but we need to rely on god.
>> reporter: experts say a plea deal could help speed the healing process for the three young women .
>> this would allow them to put the legal proceedings behind them and move forward with their lives.
>> reporter: castro is expected to appear in court later this morning. meanwhile, the house in which those women were held for a decade could very soon be condemned and torn down. savannah.
>>> kevin in cleveland this morning,