Ariel Castro’s Dramatic Sentencing Hearing

Ariel Castro learned his fate Thursday at his sentencing hearing, after pleading guilty to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder. See images from inside the courtroom.

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Ariel Castro, center, listens in the courtroom during his sentencing Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro, who pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder and was expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years, in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Click to see more images from the hearing.
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Three months after an Ohio woman kicked out part of a door to end nearly a decade of captivity, Castro, a onetime school bus driver faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and physical abuse. Here, an image from inside the home where Castro kept the three women.
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Chains found in an upstairs bedroom at the Seymour Ave. house are shown on a television monitor during Ariel Castro's sentencing.
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A letter found in Ariel Castro's home, believed to be written by Castro himself, reads "I am a sexual predator." The letter also mentions Castro himself was sexually abused, and that he has an addiction to masturbation and pornography.
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Sheriff's deputies set in place a model of the house on Seymour Ave. where Ariel Castro held three women Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland.
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A helmet found in Castro's home. Castro reportedly had many helmets throughout the home that he forced the women to wear while he tortured them.
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Room where Amanda and her daughter spent most of their time, as viewed from the hallway.
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A view of the room in which Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were kept. Chains were found in the room.
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A view of the stairwell, covered with a curtain, to the top floor where Castro kept the women.
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Castro attached the women to the pole shown in this photo during the early stages of their abduction. According to authorities, the washing machine held "a significant amount of cash."
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A close-up of a model of the house on Seymour Ave. where Ariel Castro held three women is displayed in court Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland.
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Michelle Knight sits in the courtroom during a break in Castro's sentencing. Knight was one of Castro's victims; she testified at the sentencing Thursday.
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An excerpt from Michelle Knight's statement during Castro's sentencing: "I spent 11 years in hell and now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all of this that has happened. You will face hell for eternity."
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