Ariel Castro at Sentencing: "I'm Not a Monster"

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Ariel Castro -- the former school bus driver who held three young women for over a decade in his home -- has been formally sentenced to life without parole, plus an additional 1,000 years.

According to The New York Times, Castro pleaded guilty today to more than 900 counts, including aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape, after imprisoning three women in his west Cleveland house.

"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," Judge Michael Russo told the kidnapper.

The 53-year-old said that he was sick, not a monster, at his sentencing hearing. “These people are trying to paint me as a monster,” Castro said. “I’m not a monster. I’m sick.”

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