Source: Gary Strauss / USA Today
Ariel Castro, the former Cleveland school bus driver who pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and abuse of three young women that went undetected for more than a decade, was sentenced Thursday to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years, with no chance of parole.
Castro’s sentence — which was expected under a plea agreement reached last week — came after the Puerto Rico native argued with Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo over being called a sexual predator. He repeatedly denied that he had tortured Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight after he kidnapped them between 2002 to 2004, holding them captive in his home until Berry managed to escape and alert a neighbor on May 6.
Russo discounted Castro’s rambling, often bizarre comments, calling him a sexual predator and extreme narcissist and said Castro’s “merciless acts deserve maximum prison time.”
“No single prison term adequately reflects the enormity of your conduct,” Russo said. “I still feel based upon the information you’ve provided to the court that you feel you are a victim.”
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