Life in Prison Plus 1,000 Years for Ariel Castro



Ariel Castro appeared before Judge Michael Russo today. He accepted a plea agreement that ultimately garnered him a life sentence *plus* 1,000 years in prison.

"I don't care for the wording, but I will plead guilty," he told the judge as the roster of 977 counts against him was read.

Throughout the appearance, Russo repeatedly emphasized that he will never be permitted parole or any other conceivable opportunity at leaving jail. He will, to paraphrase the onslaught of tweets this morning, rot in hell as his life wanes onward.

Really, there's not much more to be said beyond that. Castro answered Russo's questions, giving those tuning in to the live feed a chance at actually hearing the monster speak. He said he understood that he will never be free again, though he added this: "There are some things I don't understand because of my sexual problems." Later in the hearing, Castro discussed being on the other end of sexual abuse when he was younger: "I would like to state that I was also a victim as a child." Russo interrupted that bullshit real quick and said that he will have a chance to opine at a later time.

The book was thrown at him. And his three victims - Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight - will not have to withstand the torture of testifying in court.

Ariel Castro is gone.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.