Ariel Castro was sentenced to additional 1,000 years in prison.The U.S. man who kidnapped three women in his home for about a decade accepted a plea bargain on Friday to avoid the death penalty.
Under the deal, Ariel Castro, 52, would be sentenced to life in prison without parole and an additional 1,000 years.
Mr. Castro has pleaded guilty to more than 900 counts, including kidnapping and rape, listed in an indictment that covers the decade that the women were held in Cleveland, Ohio. The plea means there will be no trial, which would have required the victims to testify in court.
Mr. Castro told the judge that he understood the sentence.
“I knew I was going to get pretty much the book thrown at me,’’ he said.
Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, Mr. Castro also said there were some things he didn’t understand “because of my sexual problem.’’
Under the plea deal, there will be no possibility that he will be paroled or re-indicted at any time in the future. The total number of offences he pleaded guilty to was 937.
The victims – Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32 – released videos this month in which they thanked supporters and said they were putting their lives back together.
Ms. Berry has a 6-year old daughter, born while she was being held.