August 1st, 2013
10:52 AM ET

Ariel Castro Expected to Speak at Sentencing

In a Cleveland courtroom today, Ariel Castro will receive his sentence for holding three women captive for a decade.

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts last week in a deal that would put him behind bars for life.

“Prosecutors filed a sentencing memorandum Wednesday detailing how he kidnapped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and the horrific physical, mental and sexual abuse they endured daily,” reports CNN’s Pamela Brown.

According to court documents, he allowed the three women keep a diary during captivity in which they describe the abuse and "dreams of someday escaping and being reunited with family."

“Castro also admitted to ‘having the girls chained by their ankles, with only one meal a day, showering infrequently,’ while he had sexually assaulted them,” Brown says.

Castro is expected to apologize to his victims, and address the court at length at the hearing.

According to sources, so will one of his victims.

“Knight will likely make an impact statement in court, face-to-face with her captor for the first time since their dramatic rescue nearly three months ago,” Brown reports.

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