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Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Sentenced To Life In Prison With No Parole

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cleveland kidnapper ariel castro apologizes to victims at sentencing hearing says he is not a monster

The Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was back in court today for his sentencing hearing after he recently reached a plea deal last week.

Judge Michael Russo read a total of 937 charges, including those of rape, kidnapping, assault, and aggravated murder in a long and emotional morning in which Ariel apologized for his heinous crimes.

One of his victims Michelle Knight was in attendance and spoke out in response to his comments, saying:

"You took 11 years of my life away…. I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning…. I can forgive you, but I will never forget."

Despite his apology and his guilty plea, Ariel argued against accusations that he beat his victims, saying:

"I'm not a monster. I'm just sick. I have an addiction. Just like an alcoholic has an addiction."

The judge felt that Ariel was trying to portray himself as a victim and said his failure to take responsibility for his actions proved that he was too dangerous to be released to the public anytime in the future.

Judge Michael Russo ended up agreeing to the terms of the plea deal, sentencing Ariel to life in prison plus 1,000 years with no chance of parole, as well as a $100,000 fine. He also implemented a no-contact order to prevent Ariel from trying to get in touch with any of the victims or file for parental rights.

Hopefully this is the final chapter in a truly horrific story and all of the victims will be able to proceed with their lives.

[Image via Tony DejakAP Images.]

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3 comments to “Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Sentenced To Life In Prison With No Parole”

  1. Ratzassssss says – reply to this


    What bullshit. He's sick alright, sick he got caught. I hope every bubba in prison takes their turn with him. I hope they beat the shit out of him when they're done with him and I hope one of them has the courage to send this asshole right to hell where he belongs alongside Jeffrey Dahmer.

  2. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Good! I cannot even imagine what those women went through, what a horrible man.

  3. Katelyn says – reply to this


    Why yes a $100,000 fine totally makes up for all the man hours by the cops and detectives. All of the judicial hours. I would say for the victims but I pray they are taking him to civil court for restitution.