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McGinty: Castro Only Getting Out of Prison in Box or Can

CLEVELAND — Just moments after Ariel Castro entered guilty pleas in a deal that would leave him with a life sentence without the possibility of parole, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor underscored exactly what that meant.

“He’s never coming out (of prison) except nailed in a box or in an ash can,” Tim McGinty said.  “And that’s justice.”

In pleading guilty on Friday to charges including rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder, Castro admitted to holding three young women captive in his Seymour Avenue home for about a decade.

On top of the life sentence, an extra 1,000 years has been recommended.  Castro will forfeit his house and roughly $22,000 which will be used to demolish the structure.

“The only thing (Castro will have) is the orange jumper, that’s it. And he’s not going to get any money. We’re going to request restitution and court cost and fines,” McGinty said.

He vowed to show people Castro’s true colors when the evidence is presented at the sentencing.

“He’s a coward and he’s in his own world. He has no remorse and regret. He feels sorry (for himself only),” McGinty said.

When speaking of survivors Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, McGinty took a tone of admiration.

The women escaped in May when Berry got the attention of neighbors who helped to break down Castro’s door.

“I expect there will be representation from all three (at the sentencing). They have something to say. These are brave and strong women. They have inspired (all of us) and they’ll continue to inspire us. They have a lot to say and they’ve taught us all a lot. They taught us strength and courage,” McGinty said.

He also offered words of appreciation to many parties.

“We thank the community for never giving up. We thank (the survivors’) families, especially, for never giving up,” McGinty said.

The families held countless vigils and events to keep their loved ones in the headlines and in the public’s hearts and minds.

McGinty noted the plea deal avoided a trial and lengthy appeals process that would have taken years.  For that reason, several younger members were selected for the prosecution team.

“We wanted someone who would be around in 30 years,” McGinty explained.

Looking forward, McGinty reminded everyone that the survivors still have a lot of healing to do.

“This is just a point of departure,” he said.  “This doesn’t end the horror for the ladies and their families. They’re over a hump and hopefully it’ll be downhill from here, but they have a long way to go.”

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“The only thing (Castro will have) is the orange jumper, that’s it. And he’s not going to get any money. We’re going to request restitution and court cost and fines,” McGinty says.

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McGinty says evidence will be outlined at the sentencing.

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Q: Castro painted himself as the victim today. What do you think of that?
McGinty: “He’s a coward and he’s in his own world. He has no remorse and regret. He feels sorry (for himself only).”

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Someone asks if the victims will speak at the sentencing.

“I expect there will be representation from all three. They have something to say. These are brave and strong women. They have inspired (all of us) and they’ll continue to inspire us. They have a lot to say and they’ve taught us all a lot. They taught us strength and courage.”

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Q: What role did the victims have in how this was resolved?
McGinty: (The victims) have been in constant contact, they’ve been told of each and every step. They’ve been advised of the possibilities.

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Q: What does today mean for the victims’ families?
McGinty: This is just a point of departure. This doesn’t end the horror for the ladies and their families. They’re over a hump and hopefully it’ll be downhill from here, but they have a long way to go.

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McGinty describes an “extraordinary” team effort.

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Some younger members of the prosecution team were selected to work on the case, just in case it went to trial and there were numerous appeals. “We wanted someone who would be around in 30 years,” McGinty says.

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McGinty thanks medical providers for helping victims.

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“Everybody stepped it up,” McGinty says, adding there was a lot to do in 90 days to prepare for trial.

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McGinty shares story of first responders going into Seymour Avenue home. At the time they thought suspect was inside. Five police officers were yelling in the house, “Police!” McGinty describes how fearful Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were even then.

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“I’ve never seen a case where the police were so involved and so emotionally affected by it,” McGinty says.

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“We thank the community for never giving up. We thank (the survivors’) families, especially, for never giving up,” McGinty says.

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“We have to continue to work with (the survivors) and give them patience,” McGinty says. Also thanks media and community for showing survivors respect.

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McGinty praises survivors. “These women outlasted their captor.”

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“He’s never coming out (of prison) except nailed in a box or in an ash can,” McGinty says of Castro’s upcoming sentencing. “And that’s justice.”

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McGinty says victims are “excited” by the possibility of that.

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Two adjacent houses will also be torn down. Prosecutors hope to secure two lots nearby. The community will choose how the land will be used.

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Prosecutors have required that Castro over his house. It will be torn down. “We do not want it to be a symbol of Cleveland,” McGinty says. Castro’s money will be used to tear down his house.

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McGinty says don’t be fooled by Castro. “He’s a manipulator and shows now remorse.”

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Prosecutor Tim McGinty: Castro abused them physically and mentally for over a decade. This man’s the worst of the worst. He’s the most violent sexual predator a community can offer.