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Castro sentenced to life after emotional scenes in Cleveland court

Castro sentenced to life after emotional scenes in Cleveland court
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Ariel Castro has been imprisoned for life without parole plus 1,000 years. The 53-year-old former school bus driver abducted, imprisoned and tortured three women.

The court heard he kept his victims chained up and repeatedly raped them in an Ohio home for over a decade. The judge said his crimes were so extreme that he should never emerge from prison.

Castro had pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges. He said he was sorry for his actions but was suffering from an addiction.

“I’m not a monster, I’m sick. I believe I am addicted to porn to the point that it really makes me impulsive and I just don’t realise what I’m doing is wrong,” he told the court.

In a dramatic appearance one of the three women, Michelle Knight read out an emotional impact statement. Castro starved her during pregnancy forcing her to miscarry several times.

“From this moment on, I will not let you define me, or affect who I am. I will live on, you will die a little every day. I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning,” she said.

Earlier in the hearing prosecutors produced photos of the home where Castro imprisoned the women showing chains and boarded up windows.

There are plans to demolish the house. The women were rescued after one of them kicked open a door and alerted a neighbour.

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