Ariel Castro, the Cleveland, Ohio, man who pleaded guilty to the kidnapping, rape and mistreatment of three women over a decade, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years.
Castro, 53, received the sentence of life behind bars for the most serious charge he was facing - aggravated homicide - for beating one of the women during her captivity until she aborted the fetus she was carrying.
On the rest of the more than 900 counts, Castro received several consecutive sentences adding up to an additional 1,000 years in prison.
The sentence was passed after Castro entered a guilty plea that his defense team had arranged for with prosecutors so that the former school bus driver could avoid the death penalty.
"You don't deserve to be out in our community," Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo told Castro after pronouncing sentence.
Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, were kidnapped by Castro between 2002 and 2004 and regained their freedom last May.
One of them, Knight, spoke through sobs during the sentencing hearing on Thursday.
"You took 11 years of my life away. I went through 11 years of hell, and now your hell is just beginning. You will face hell for an eternity," she said, addressing Castro. "You deserve to spend life in prison."
Meanwhile, before learning the sentence, Castro apologized to his victims and to his family, saying that he himself was also a victim due to the sexual abuse he said he suffered when he was young and his addiction to pornography.
"I am not a monster. I am just sick," Castro.
On May 6, due to an oversight by Castro, Berry managed to escape and shout for help and a neighbor, Charles Ramsey, came to her rescue and helped the young woman break open the door of the house in which she was being held.
Berry told her rescuers that there were more people being held against their will in the home: DeJesus, Knight and her own 6-year-old daughter, fathered by Castro. EFE