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Michelle Knight, a victim, speaks during the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro, right, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and physical abuse. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ohio man gets life term in kidnapping of 3 women

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Ohio man gets life term in kidnapping of 3 women
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press

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

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Fifty-three-year-old Ariel Castro was being given his sentence Thursday. He had pleaded guilty to 937 counts including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault.

A plea deal struck last week 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.

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

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