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Castro defense complains about evidence

Castro defense complains about evidence

(Cleveland) - Ariel Castro's attorney says he accomplished his main mission which was to spare his client's life.

Speaking to reporters after Castro was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, Craig Weintraub objected to the prosecution submitting photographic evidence of how his victims were held and tortured.

Weintraub contends one of the reasons Castro agreed to the plea deal was so his victims would not have to relive their 10 years in captivity in court.

 

Craig Weintraub and Timothy McGinty

However, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said the evidence was submitted just in case Castro attempts an appeal claiming his offenses were not as bad as the prosecution claimed.

Today's hearing gave prosecutors a chance to detail some of Castro's assaults, with investigators describing the makeshift prison he built in his home -- even creating an alarm system, as he chained the women inside bolted bedrooms.

Assistant Prosecutor Adrian Linnick says it was important for the court to hear about the extent Castro went to keep Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry tied to his house.

Anna Faraglia

Assistant prosecutor Anna Faraglia says she was not surprised that Castro claimed it was a harmonious household with consensual sex. Faraglia contends that from the time Castro was arrested he blamed others for his crimes.

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(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)

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