Castro Sentenced to Life in Prison

    Ariel Castro, left, stands before a judge with defense attorney Craig Weintraub during Castro's arraignment on an expanded 977-count indictment Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro is charged with kidnapping and raping three women over a decade in his Cleveland home. Castro pleaded not guilty to 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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    Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro was sentenced to life without possibility of parole. In a statement to the court, Castro denied preying on his victims and blamed his actions on an addiction. “I’m not a monster. I’m a normal person. I’m sick just like an alcoholic.” He also said the home was not the house of horrors described by the women. “There was a lot of harmony in that home ... Most of the sex that went on in the house was consensual,” he said. Meanwhile, documents revealed Wednesday showed that the women kept detailed diaries of the abuse while in captivity. Here's a photo of the room that Amanda Berry and her daughter shared and another one of some of the chains used to hold the women captive.

    Says he's "not a monster."
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