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Cleveland kidnapper sentenced to life 1,000 years

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.

Ariel Castro apologized to his victims but also claims most of the sex was consensual.

Castro says he isn't a monster. He says he's sick and addicted to pornography. He says he didn't even plan the first kidnapping.

He says he knows what he did was wrong, but that he's not a violent person and that his captives asked for sex and weren't tortured.

The women described horrific conditions in the home, which Castro turned into a jury-rigged prison.

Castro spoke during his sentencing hearing Thursday after he pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts.

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