Ariel Castro, a former Cleveland school bus driver, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and abusing three young women for 11 years was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 1,000 years without parole. Naturally, Michelle Knight, one of the women he imprisoned, had some strong words for him at his sentencing.
According to CNN, she told Castro in court: "You took 11 years of my life away. ... I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning. I can forgive you, but I will never forget. Nobody should go through what I went through.”
Knight said she "will overcome what happened" but Castro "will face hell for eternity." "I will live on,” she said. “You will die a little every day."
According to USA Today, “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.’”
"There is no place in this city, there is no place in this country, there is no place in this world for those who enslave others," Russo said, according to CNN. "You don't deserve to be out in our community. You're too dangerous."