CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio man convicted of holding three women captive in his Cleveland house over a decade and raping them repeatedly has been sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.
Fifty-three-year-old Ariel Castro was being given his sentence Thursday. He had pleaded guilty to 937 counts including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault.
A plea deal struck last week spared him from a possible death sentence for beating and starving a pregnant victim until she miscarried.
The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.
They escaped to freedom May 6 when one of them, Amanda Berry, broke out part of the door to Castro's house and yelled to neighbors for help.
Michelle Knight, 32, one of the women Ariel Castro held captive for more than a decade, hugged several people before approaching the judge.
Through tears, Knight faced her captor, recalling "Days never got shorter, days turned into nights, nights turned into days. Years turned into eternity. I knew nobody cared about me. He told me that my family didn't care. ... Nobody should ever have to go through what I went through."