Michelle Knight Castro Hell, CLEVELAND Three months after an Ohio woman kicked out part of a door to end nearly a decade of captivity, a former school bus driver who kidnapped three women and subjected them to years of sexual and physical abuse was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 1,000 years.
“These people are trying to paint me as a monster,” Ariel Castro said in court before his sentence was imposed. “I’m not a monster. I’m sick.”
Judge Michael Russo told Castro that the conditions in his house where he kept the women captive “could never be tolerated in any Ohio prison.” Russo denounced Castro for the crimes he committed against the women, two of whom were abducted when they were teenagers.
“You took advantage of their naivety and the fact that they were pleasant individuals that could not fathom this type of behavior,” Russo said.
Earlier, one of Castro’s victims, Michelle Knight, faced him in court and said, “You took 11 years of my life away, and now I’ve got it back.”
“I will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell for eternity,” Knight said.
Castro tried to explain what led him to hold the women captive for years.