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Ohio kidnapper sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for holding three women captive for more than a decade

Ariel Castro in court. Photo: Reuters

The Ohio man convicted of holding three women captive in his Cleveland house for over a decade and raping them repeatedly has been sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison.

ITV News Correspondent John Ray reports:

Ariel Castro, 53, had pleaded guilty to 937 counts including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault.

Speaking before his sentence Castro apologised to his victims and told the court he's addicted to pornography, but he claimed that most of the sex with the women was consensual.

I stated before that I was a victim of sex when I was a child. This led me into viewing pornography for my whole life...These people are trying to paint me as a monster and I'm not a monster, I'm sick. My sexual problems have been so bad on my mind, I'm impulsive.

I believe I am a victim to porn.

A chain in the room that Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight shared. Credit: FBI

He got the life term for the most serious count and was getting additional time for the hundreds of other counts.

A deal struck on Friday spared him from a possible death sentence for beating and starving a pregnant victim until she miscarried.

The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.

Amanda Marie Berry and Georgina Lynn Dejesus pictured when they went missing. Credit: Reuters

They escaped on 6th May when one of them, Amanda Berry, broke out part of the door to Castro's house and yelled to neighbours for help.

The women described horrific conditions in the home, which Castro turned into a jury-rigged prison.

Michelle Knight smiled as Castro was led from court.

Michelle Knight was only one of the women kidnapped by Castro who spoke for herself, the other women were represented by family or lawyers.

Days never got shorter, days turned in to nights, nights turned in to days. The years turned in to eternity.

Nobody should ever have to go through what I went through.

I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell for eternity.