Kidnapper Ariel Castro Gets Life Plus 1,000 Years

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Ariel Castro, the man who held three women captive in his home for 10 years, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years Thursday.

Castro, 53, had pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder, rape, and kidnapping in a deal that let him avoid the death penalty.

Michelle Knight, one of the three women held captive, was the only victim to make an appearance and testify at his sentencing.

"You took 11 years of my life away and I have got it back," she said. "I spent 11 years in hell and now your hell is just beginning."

Castro sat through the lengthy sentencing as witness after witness depicted the cruelty he inflicted on his victims.

The two other women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, did not make an appearance. Berry chose not to testify at the sentencing because she said she didn't want to speak of the horrors she endured.

Both she and DeJesus had family members representing them during the sentencing.

Prosecutors had released new details ahead of the sentencing. The three victims were chained by their ankles and only given access to plastic toilets that were rarely emptied.

They kept diaries to document their abuse and described being treated like prisoners of war.

"I may have been through hell and back. But I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face," Knight said.

The women said they are rebuilding their lives and enjoying the simple pleasures of going out and spending time with family.

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