Addressing the court before his sentencing Ariel Castro said: "I know it's wrong and I'm not trying to make excuses I know I'm 100% wrong for doing that. But I'm trying to say I'm not a violent person.
He continued: "I was driven by sex.
"Amanda [Berry], she got in my car without knowing who it was, I'm not trying to put in her, but I'm just saying I'm not a violent predator, I'm not a monster. I'm just sick, I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction."
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