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Ariel Castro, center, listens in the courtroom during the sentencing phase Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. Defense attorney's Craig Weintraub, left, and Jaye Schlachet sit beside Castro. 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. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro

Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus

1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts in a deal

that spared him the death penalty. He  kidnapping three women and kept them — sometimes

restrained in chains — along with a 6-year-old girl he fathered with

one of them. Castro is accused of imprisoning Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight in his Cleveland, Ohio, home for years.