Ariel Castro sentenced to life

After serving only 33 days of a 1,000 year prison sentence for kidnapping 3 Cleveland women, Ariel Castro hanged himself in his prison cell yesterday, the New York times reports.

Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday night. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Castro was placed on suicide watch after his arrest earlier this year for kidnapping 3 girls between 2002 and 2004 and keeping them captive in his Cleveland home.

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Ariel Castro sentenced to life

Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for kidnapping three women and holding them captive for up to 11 years. Referring to himself as a victim, Castro said, "I believe I'm a porn addict. I'm not a violent person, I just kept them there without being able to leave."

Castro said he never forced himself on the women, and that at times the women asked him for sex. He said there was always "harmony in the home."

Judge Michael Russo told Castro that it's likely that nobody else in the country agrees that there was harmony inside that home.

Castro sat attentively as his first victim, Michelle Knight, addressed him in a Cleveland courtroom today. "I will overcome all this has happened, but you will face hell for eternity," said Knight, 32.

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