Last week Ariel Castro, 53, pleaded guilty to 937 charges, in connection with the abduction and decade-long involuntary imprisonment of Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. Today, under the terms of the deal, Castro was sentenced to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years, with no chance for parole and a $100,000 fine.
According to prosecutors, aside from raping his victims regularly, and beating a pregnant Michele Knight into 5 separate miscarriages causing permanent damage to her facial bones, he kept the women chained, forced them to play Russian roulette and threw money at them after raping them. Though he claimed to have taken the plea deal to avoid causing his victims any further psychological pain, he told prosecutors earlier that if he had the chance to do it all over again differently, he would not change a thing.
Below are the most memorable quotes from the emotionally-charged August 1, 2013, sentencing hearing.
Ariel Castro in his statement to the court:
Michele Knight in her victim’s impact statement to the court:
Neither Amanda Berry, nor Gina Dejesus appeared at Castro’s sentencing hearing.