Knight explained that "years turned into eternity" during her decade-plus of life in Castro-spawned squalor.
"Life is tough, but I'm tougher!" she said.
"I'm not a violent person." (That was repeated several times.) Also: "I am not a monster. I am sick."
"I don't realize what I am doing is wrong. I am not trying to make excuses. I am a happy person."
"I feel that the FBI let these girls down. They failed to question me. If they would have questioned me, possible it would have ended right there."
"I am not a violent predator. I could not control my addiction."
"All I did was keep them there and not allow them to leave."
"I never had a record until I met my children's mother...I was never abusive until I met her."
"There was never no evidence of me murdering a fetus. That never happened. I never killed anyone and I am not a murderer."
He said that Amanda Berry's daughter, of whom he's the father, would say, "My dad was the best dad in the world." He also asserted that she lived a normal life. We're just going to leave this right here: !!!
He also gave advice to Judge Michael Russo: "Do some research on people who have addictions."
...In the end, Russo settled the bullshit: "To the victim, excuses don't take away the harm that is involved," he told Castro as he read the sentence.