Ariel Castro Sentenced to Life, plus 1,000 Years
Cleveland (CNN) — When her chance came, kidnapping victim Michelle Knight lit into Ariel Castro, the man who held her captive and raped her in his Cleveland home for a decade. “You took 11 years of my life away,” she said. “I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning.” In handing down a sentence of life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison, Judge Michael Russo told the kidnapper there was no place in the world for his brand of criminal. “You don’t deserve to be out in our community,” Russo told the defendant. “You’re too dangerous.” READ MORE HERE
Part of complete coverage on Ohio women found
updated 12:32 PM EDT, Thu August 1, 2013
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus weren’t in the courtroom. But their diaries gave authorities a window into the horror they suffered for a decade.
updated 10:06 AM EDT, Tue July 9, 2013
For the first time since their rescue, the world is hearing directly from the three women who were held captive in Cleveland for a decade.
updated 7:51 AM EDT, Tue July 30, 2013
In his first television interview, Ariel Castro’s son said that his dad belongs in prison for the rest of his life and he doesn’t plan on ever visiting him.
updated 8:25 PM EDT, Thu May 9, 2013
In retrospect, there were plenty of signs that something was wrong.
updated 1:10 PM EDT, Thu August 1, 2013
For the first time, take a look inside the Cleveland house where three women were held captive for a decade.
updated 7:50 AM EDT, Thu August 1, 2013
When an judge denied a request for Castro to visit the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of the women he kidnapped and raped, the reason seemed pretty clear.
updated 1:55 PM EDT, Sun July 28, 2013
The deal, reached with prosecutors, would let him avoid the possibility of a death sentence and spare his victims from having to testify at a trial.
updated 6:55 AM EDT, Mon May 13, 2013
How the macabre enslavement of two girls and a woman began has deeply disturbed a nation, if not the world.
updated 11:37 AM EDT, Sun May 19, 2013
When the police arrived at Castro’s house, it was almost peaceful. As if nobody else was there. And then they heard the sound of scurrying feet upstairs.
updated 10:16 AM EDT, Sat May 11, 2013
The world will never fully know the unspeakable tortures they endured. But they survived.
updated 10:53 AM EDT, Mon May 13, 2013
Ariel Castro’s brothers say he’s “a monster” who should rot in jail and they “want the world to know” they had no idea their brother was holding women captive.
updated 10:54 AM EDT, Wed May 15, 2013
The amazing escape of three Cleveland women exploded into the media amid sordid back stories of their captivity and gave life yet again to one woman’s own dark memories of captivity and despair.
updated 5:34 AM EDT, Fri May 10, 2013
A daughter of the suspect said that pieces of her father’s life she didn’t understand are falling into place.
updated 10:56 PM EDT, Thu May 9, 2013
Those who were freed after years of imprisonment may have remained trapped had it not been for the efforts of a man visiting across the street.
updated 7:20 AM EDT, Tue May 14, 2013
Bicycles. Barbed wire. A chain.
updated 12:21 PM EDT, Sat May 11, 2013
In trying to understand the mind of a man like Ariel Castro, two things are important to keep in mind: (1) in human psychology, nothing occurs in a vacuum; and (2) the psychological profile that is emerging of this man is not rare.
updated 5:58 AM EDT, Fri May 10, 2013
Lorain Avenue is where the nightmare began for three women held captive in a Cleveland home for roughly a decade.
updated 8:00 AM EDT, Thu August 1, 2013
Two were just teenagers when they were kidnapped, but the three women have finally been found a decade later.
updated 5:33 AM EDT, Wed May 8, 2013
When Amanda Berry screamed for help through a crack in the front door of the house where she was being held, she set in motion an end to roughly a decade of captivity for herself and two other women.
updated 9:19 AM EDT, Fri May 10, 2013
Who is Ariel Castro? His Cleveland neighbors are trying to come with grips with the two personas — the first, they thought they knew, the other, the one that authorities describe.
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