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Castro sentenced to life in prison without parole

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(AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Ariel Castro looks down during court proceedings Friday, July 26, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Ariel Castro looks down during court proceedings Friday, July 26, 2013, in Cleveland.
(AP Photo/Hennes Paynter Communications). FILE - File images from the video provided by Hennes Paynter Communications shows from left: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. (AP Photo/Hennes Paynter Communications). FILE - File images from the video provided by Hennes Paynter Communications shows from left: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

By THOMAS J. SHEERAN and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
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.

53-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 1 of them, Amanda Berry, broke out part of the door to Castro's house and yelled to neighbors for help.

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