Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who imprisoned three women in his home for over a decade pleaded guilty on Friday.
Because he pleaded guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping, rape and murder, Castro will avoid the death penalty. He said that he understood that he was never going to get out of prison.
“I knew I was going to get pretty much the book thrown at me,” Castro told the judge. “I knew that when I first spoke to the FBI agent when I first got arrested.”
Castro and the judge had a lengthy exchange in order to make sure he understood the plea deal. When the judge asked him whether he thought he was forfeiting his hopes of getting out of prison before he dies, Castro responded: “I don’t think there’s any reason.”
Castro also told the judge he was addicted to pornography and had a “sexual problem”.
“My addiction to pornography and my sexual problem has really taken a toll on my mind,” he said.
He initially pleaded not guilty at a July 17 hearing.
The Ohio man was accused of abducting three women including Gina DeJesus, and holding them captive in his basement while he raped them. The three women escaped from the house of horrors in May after one of the women- Amanda Berry- escaped and screamed for help while Castro was out of the house.
All three broke their silence in a video released on July 9. In it, Gina DeJesus thanked those who contributed to the Cleveland Courage Fund, which was set up to help the three transition from captivity to independence.
“Thank you for your support,” she said.