"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.