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Amanda Berry is a Cleveland, Ohio, woman who was held captive for 10 years by reported kidnapper Ariel Castro. Berry escaped in 2013.
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During the investigation in June 2013, Castro was being held on $8 million bail.
Late that July, Castro pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping Berry, Knight and DeJesus. He entered this plea to avoid the death penalty. On August 1, Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years without the possibility of parole. Berry did not attend the hearing, but her fellow victim Michele Knight was present. Before his sentence was announced, she told Castro that "I spent 11 years of hell. Now your hell is just beginning," according to a Reuters news report.
Berry's sister, Beth Serrano, also spoke at Castro's sentencing hearing. She described how her sister "doesn't want to talk about" the abuse she suffered at Castro's hands and she is trying to focus on protecting her daughter.
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