Elias Acevedo, a 49-year-old Cleveland man, has been charged with the murder.
Elias Acevedo, a 49-year-old Cleveland man, has been charged with the murder.

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Elias Acevedo, 49, was charged with 297 counts, including rape and murder

Acevedo pleaded guilty to strangling 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton

He also was accused of killing Christina Adkins, who disappeared in 1995

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A Cleveland man was indicted Thursday in the killings of two women, cases that were resurrected after the discovery of three women held captive for years by Ariel Castro.

Elias Acevedo Sr., 49, was charged with 293 counts, including aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping, said Timothy McGinty, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

CNN affiliate WEWS reported the charges included the two slayings, the 1993 rape of his sister-in-law and the sexual assault of three children.

Acevedo cried as victims gave statement and later said he wished he could “change everything that happened,” the station reported.

“I’m not a monster,” he said.

The plea recommendation was accepted by a Cuyahoga Common Pleas judge, a written statement from McGinty’s office said. Acevedo received two consecutive sentences of 20 years to life and 405 years for the rape and other charges.

Last week, the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force linked Acevedo to the murder of Christina Adkins, who disappeared in 1995 at age 18, McGinty said.

Remains believed to be those of Adkins were found this month in a utility vault near the intersection of interstates 71, 90 and 490, the prosecutor said. As a result of the finding, the grand jury indicted Acevedo on murder charges in that case, too.

Acevedo was indicted earlier this year in a 1993 rape, which occurred near where Pemberton’s body was found the next year, McGinty said.

As part of Monday’s plea, Acevedo admitted to strangling the 30-year-old woman on October, 24, 1994, and leaving her body in a vacant lot.

Acevedo was arrested earlier this year in the same Cleveland neighborhood where authorities found Amanda Berry, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus and Michelle Knight in May at Castro’s two-story home.

Castro, who pleaded guilty to 937 counts, was found hanged with a bedsheet in his jail cell on September 3.

CNN’s Kevin Conlon and Chelsea J. Carter contributed to this report.