Nightly News   |  July 26, 2013

Ariel Castro: ‘I was also a victim’

Castro, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping three young women and holding them hostage in a rundown Cleveland house for a decade, agreed to serve life without parole in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.  NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

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>>> now to cleveland where today we heard for the first time from the man who held the three women captive in his home for a decade before they broke free. it was a grisly story. he agreed to a deal to save his life while guaranteeing he will spend the rest of his days in prison. nbc's kevin tibbles in cleveland tonight with the story. kevin , good evening.

>> reporter: brian, in court today ariel castro never apologized or even acknowledged the horrors that went on in that house.

>> do you understand that upon entering this plea you will never be released from prison.

>> i do understand that the.

>> reporter: a life sentence without parole plus 1,000 years for kidnapping three young women and holding them hostage in this run-down cleveland house for a decade. 53-year-old ariel castro also pled guilty to murder for causing one of his victims to miscarry a baby after beating her.

>> i knew i was going to get pretty much the book thrown at me.

>> he's never coming out oh except nailed in a box or an ash can.

>> reporter: outside court, many in cleveland expressed relief.

>> let this guy go to jail, rot away.

>> reporter: castro said he had an addiction to pornography adding he was abused.

>> i was also a victim as a child.

>> reporter: castro 's victims weren't in court but released video statements.

>> i want everybody to know how happy i am.

>> thank you for your support.

>> we need to rely on god as being the judge.

>> reporter: through their lawyer today they said they were relieved by the plea. castro asked to see the daughter he fathered with one of his captives.

>> i miss my daughter very much.

>> that decision will be up to her as to whether or not she ever wants to see her father. it will not be up to him.

>> reporter: castro will be sentenced august 1. his victims will be given the chance to make a statement at that time. the house is set to be demolished. brian?

>> kevin tibbles in cleveland on the story for us tonight.