Cleveland captor sentenced to life in prison, 1,000 years
CLEVELAND- Ariel Castro, the man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and holding three women captive for more than a decade, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Castro pleaded guilty to 937 criminal counts of kidnapping, rape and aggravated murder.
During the sentencing, Castro argued with the judge about being called a sexual predator.
However, the judge reminded him that pleading guilty meant that he agreed to the charges and, therefore, the term.
The judge even went on to say that there is “no place in this city, this country or this world” for those who enslave others.
He also denied that he ever tortured Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Castro kidnapped the women between 2002 and 2004 and held them captive until they were able to alert a neighbor in May.
By pleading guilty, Castro avoided the death penalty.
At the sentencing Thursday, Knight said, “I will live on. You will die a little every day.”
A judge sentenced Castro to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years with no parole.