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Amanda Berry, 1 of 3 Ohio women held for a decade, makes 1st appearance in public at concert

CLEVELAND — One of three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade has appeared at a public event for the first time since her rescue, a day after her abductor pleaded guilty in the case.

Amanda Berry made a surprise appearance at the daylong concert RoverFest in Cleveland on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old Berry walked on stage with her family and waved at the cheering crowd. The rapper Nelly called Berry back to the stage after his music set.

Ariel Castro pleaded guilty Friday to imprisoning Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and subjecting them to rapes and beating for a decade. The women disappeared between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20. They escaped in May.

The plea deal will keep Castro imprisoned for life.

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