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August 2nd, 2013
11:17 AM ET

Michelle Knight: "Your Hell is Just Beginning"

Ariel Castro's sentence will last a lot longer than he will.

The Cleveland man who held three women captive in his home for a decade is getting life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years.

Castro spoke at his sentencing hearing Thursday, blaming everyone, it seemed, but himself.

“These people are trying to paint me as a monster, and I am not a monster,” Castro told the court.

“I am sick. My sexual problems were so bad in my mind that I am impulsive.”

However, “It was the words of one of victims, and those who spoke for the others, that will be remembered,” reports CNN's Martin Savidge.

 “Michelle Knight was the only victim to appear in person, bringing the proceedings to an emotional halt. She had suffered the most and the longest in captivity from Castro, which is why her words meant so much.”

Knight said, “You took 11 years of my life away and I've got it back. I spent 11 years in hell now your hell is just beginning..."

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