BREAKING NEWS: The judge in the Ariel Castro case has imposed consecutive sentences on 937 charges against him, including life in prison. Michelle Knight, one of the three women Castro admitted to kidnapping and torturing in his Cleveland home, said Thursday in court: “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 eternity. You will die a little every day.” Earlier, Castro was allowed to make a rambling statement that shocked listeners: “I am not a monster. I am just sick. I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction.”
Ariel Castro was sentenced to life without parole on the charge of aggravated murder Thursday and received multiple years on various other charges related to kidnap and rape that totaled 1,000 years.
Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo emphasized that Castro would never leave prison and that the multiple sentences would be consecutive because of the severity of his crimes. Russo told Castro that the extreme sentence is meant “to punish you.”
“You don’t deserve to be out in our community,” Russo told Castro.
Judge Russo also told Castro that he was to never try to contact his victims — Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus — or Berry’s daughter, whom Castro fathered. Click here to read more