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Photos: Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro appears in court for sentencing

Witnesses testified in graphic terms on Thursday how Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro abducted three women and imprisoned them for a decade in his home, where he sometimes kept them in chains, isolated from each other and without regular meals.

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A model of the home of Ariel Castro is displayed in the court room during the sentencing of Castro on charges including rape, kidnapping and murder in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013.

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A close-up of a model of the house on Seymour Ave. where Ariel Castro held three women is displayed in court Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro, a onetime school bus driver faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and physical abuse.

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Ariel Castro (C), 53, sits as his attorneys Craig Weintraub (L) and Jaye Schlachet (R) review documents during Castro's sentencing on kidnapping, rape and murder charges in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013.

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Ariel Castro (R), 53, listens to lawyer Craig Weintraub during his sentencing hearing.

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Lawyer Craig Weintraub holds an emergency room photo of Michelle Knight that was taken on the day of her escape during Ariel Castro's sentencing for kidnapping, rape and murder in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013.

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Michelle Knight smiles as she appears in court for the sentencing of Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013.

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Michelle Knight, one of the three kidnapped women, pauses to wipe away tears as she reads her statements during the sentencing of kidnapper Ariel Castro at a court hearing in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. Three women imprisoned for a decade in a Cleveland home spoke of their abuse in person, via video or through representatives on Thursday at a court hearing where their abductor is expected to be formally sentenced to life in prison.

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Ariel Castro breaks down while talking about the child he fathered with Amanda Berry as he addresses the court while seated between attorneys Craig Weintraub (L) and Jaye Schlachet in the courtroom in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013.

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Michelle Knight (second from left) reads statements while supported by her lawyer (L) and friend as her assailant, Ariel Castro, sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013.

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