CLEVELAND (AP) - She says she spent "11 years in hell" when she was held captive by Ariel Castro. But today, Michelle Knight smiled as Castro was led away to start serving a life sentence plus 1,000 years, for holding Knight and two other women in his home for years and raping them repeatedly.
Knight earlier delivered a statement in which she said she now has her life back -- but that Castro's life is over.
Castro also spoke at his sentencing hearing, apologizing to his victims in a rambling, defiant statement. He blamed a sex addiction, his former wife and even the FBI for not thoroughly investigating the abductions. And he claimed that most of the sex was consensual, and that the women were never tortured. Castro said, "I'm not a monster. I'm sick."
The judge dismissed Castro's claim that the women had lived a happy life with him. The judge said, "I'm not sure there's anyone in America that would agree with you." He also told Castro that there's no place in the world for people who enslave others.
Today's hearing gave prosecutors a chance to detail some of Castro's assaults. And authorities described the makeshift prison he built in his home -- even creating an alarm system, as he chained the women inside bolted bedrooms.
POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A judge has upheld charges against a Philadelphia woman accused of helping her 93-year-old father commit suicide through a morphine overdose.
Prosecutors in Schuylkill County have charged 57-year-old nurse Barbara Mancini with aiding suicide.
A judge refused to drop the charges after a preliminary hearing Thursday.
Pottsville police say Mancini handed Joseph Yourshaw a bottle of liquid morphine at his home in February, leading to his death four days later.
Mancini remains free on bail. A phone at her lawyer's office rang unanswered Thursday evening and he could not be reached for comment.
An advocacy group called Compassion & Choice supports Mancini and says her father had end-stage diabetes and heart problems.
The group says the U.S. Supreme Court allows dying patients to receive adequate pain relief, even if it hastens their death.
East St. Louis police are questioning a relative after a 5-month-old girl was allegedly beaten.
Officers say they were called to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Wednesday night about a case of possible child abuse. A hospital employee to police the infant had been severely beaten--suffering injuries to her eye, ribs, skull, and brain.
Police say the child was in the care of relatives when she was injured and are questioning that man now.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating the death of a kitten.
The animal was found dead Thursday in the front yard of a St. Louis home. A resident who had been feeding the stray came home to find it in a pool of blood on her sidewalk. A rock that may have been used to kill the cat was found nearby.
Humane Society veterinarians believe the male cat was about 8 weeks old and died from a head injury.
The Humane Society says any information will be turned over to police.
NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The former office manager for the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department in southeast Missouri is facing theft charges.
Authorities on Wednesday announced that Deborah L. Cowan is accused of stealing property or service worth more than $25,000. Police have not detailed what was allegedly stolen.
Cowan is free on bond and due in court for a hearing on Aug. 8. She was office manager for the sheriff's department for 20 years.
The charges follow an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol at the request of Sheriff Terry Stevens.
Police have identified the man found shot to death inside his truck this morning.
Investigators say 29-year-old Bao Nguyen was shot twice and died at the scene.
A passerby found a man shot man’s body hanging out of the a Nissan Frontier around 6:45 a.m. Police do not know how long the victim had been there or how many times he had been shot.
There are no suspect details at this time.
An investigation into another overnight smash and grab burglary is underway.
This time the crime happened in west St. Louis city. Police say that around 4:30 this morning, suspects smashed the front window of the Palomino Lounge in the 5800 block of Delmar. The thieves made off with some liquor, a flat screen TV, and money from the cash register.
No information on the suspects has been released.
An investigation is underway after St. Louis County police officers shot at someone during a traffic stop.
Just before 5 PM police pulled a car over for a traffic violation. While officers were approaching the car, a passenger got out of the car. The police noticed that man was holding a gun and shot at him. The suspect dropped the weapon and ran away, but he was captured a short time later.
The driver of the car was also taken into custody. It is not known if the armed suspect was hit.
Charges are filed against Keith Wildharber after police say he accidentally shot and killed his friend.
Wildharber was drinking with his friends on Monday night, when witnesses say he playfully pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victim, asked the victim if he trusted him, and pulled the trigger. The victim died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police say Wildharber believed the gun was unloaded.
He now faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
A Washington University student is shaken up but uninjured after they were robbed at gunpoint on the school's campus Tuesday morning.
An email to students and staff said that a student was approached in a parking lot just after 8 AM. The suspect showed a gun and stole the victim's laptop and cell phone. The suspects is a man between 20 and 30 years old. He is about 6'0" tall and has long dreadlocks. He drove away in a blue Pontiac Aztec.
University officials remind everyone the best thing to do when being robbed is to give the thief what they want.