Last week Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to 937 charges, in connection with the abduction and imprisonment of Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. Today Castro was sentenced to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years, with no chance for parole and a $100,000 fine.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight took to Youtube to thank everyone who prayed, supported, searched, donated and never gave up hope of finding them.
Ashley Summers, 14, disappeared on July 9, 2007. Christina Adkins was 18 when she went missing in 1995. Miranda Jones disappeared in 2012 at age 17 with an adult male. Police must now determine if any of these three young Cleveland women, and possibly others still missing, had any connection to Ariel Castro.
The world discovered Monday that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, teens reported missing a decade ago from Cleveland were being held captive all this time in a local home. The women, no longer teens, escaped their dungeon due to the initiative and courage of Amanda Berry, now 26 and mother of a six-year-old girl, who escaped and called 911.