(REUTERS) Cleveland ? The US man convicted of holding three women captive in his house for over a decade and raping them repeatedly was sentenced on Thursday to life without parole plus 1 000 years.

Ariel Castro, 53, had pleaded guilty to 937 counts including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault.

Castro apologized and told the court he?s addicted to pornography, but he claimed that most of the sex with the women was consensual.

?These people are trying to paint me as a monster,? he said. ?I?m not a monster. I?m sick.?

He got the life term for the most serious count and was getting additional time for the hundreds of other counts.

A deal struck with prosecutors on Friday spared him from a possible death sentence for beating and starving a pregnant victim until she miscarried.

The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.

They escaped 6 May when one of them, Amanda Berry, broke out part of the door to Castro?s house and yelled to neighbours for help.

Castro said on Thursday he knows what he did was wrong, but that he?s not a violent person and that his captives asked for sex and weren?t tortured.

The women described horrific conditions in the home, which Castro turned into a jury-rigged prison.


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