Ariel Castro is going to get a bit of what it’s like to be a captive. The man raped, physically assaulted and held three women captive in an Ohio home -- including his own child for 11 years. For that, Castro will be going to prison for life without the chance of parole, plus 1,000 years. On Wednesday, someone he abducted, Michelle Knight, came to the courtroom to watch him get sentenced, CNN reported.
Knight, who was just a young girl when Castro abducted her, stood as a poised woman when addressing her captor:
"I cried every night. I was so alone. I worried what would happen to me and the other girls every day," Knight said, promising to overcome the experience. "I will live on. You will die a little every day."
"You took 11 years of my life away," she said. "I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning."
Judge Michael Russo told Castro, when he was sentenced, where he does not belong: "You don't deserve to be out in our community," Russo told the defendant, according to CNN. "You're too dangerous."
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"I cried every night. I was so alone. I worried what would happen to me and the other girls every day," Knight said. But she added that while Castro is in prison, she will prosper: "I will live on. You will die a little every day."
Castro is responsible for abducting Knight in 2002, Amanda Berry in 2003 and Gina DeJesus in 2004. He pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts, which included murder and kidnapping, in order to not receive the death penalty.
DNA tests were conducted to prove Castro was the father of Berry’s 6-year-old daughter, but neither Berry nor DeJesus were at court to face their attacker one last time. Instead, they sent statements through their representatives.
According to who spoke to CNN, Knight suffered the most suffering of the survivors.
"It was Michelle who served as doctor, nurse, midwife and pediatrician during the birth [of Berry's child]. She breathed life into that infant when she wasn't breathing," he wrote in a pre-sentencing evaluation. "At other times, she interceded when Castro sought to abuse Gina, interposing herself and absorbing physical and sexual trauma. But each survivor had a will to prevail and used that will to live through the ordeal."