Nathaniel Cook will be released from prison after 20 years

Nathaniel Cook could be freed following Thursday appearance

The man who confessed to a string of rapes and murders with his brother in Ohio will be released from prison.

Attorneys for the 59-year-old Cook say a plea deal signed nearly two decades ago requires him to be freed after he's finished serving 20 years.

Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings could not find reason to keep him in prison, so his release was granted.

Family members of the victims he killed were in the court room as well today.

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