TODAY   |  August 02, 2013

Kidnap victim to Castro: ‘I spent 11 years in hell’

Ariel Castro’s sentencing was an emotional day in court as one victim spoke, telling her captor, “You will die a little every day.” NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

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>> now to an emotional day in court. horrific at times, heroic at others at the sentencing of ariel castro in the cleveland kidnapping case. kate snow is in cleveland. kate, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, carson. we expected it to be an emotional and long day but this hearing was astonishing even for veteran law enforcement officers . ariel castro shocked a lot of people by showing no remorse but one of his survivors said that having the opportunity to address the court gave her strength.

>> i spent 11 years in hell. now your hell is just beginning.

>> reporter: michele knight confronted her captor directly asking how he could pretend to live a normal life while shackling women to his wall. windows were nailed shot. a crude alarm system on the doors.

>> you went to church every sunday. coming home to torture us. it would be so much easier. you don't deserve that.

>> she spoke about fellow captive gina dejesus.

>> gina was my teammate. she never let me fall i never let her fall. my friendship with her is the only thing that was good out of it, the situation. we said we will some day make it out alive and we did.

>> reporter: ginna's aunt told the court gina will finish high school , go to college, fall in love and said to castro in spanish, may god have mercy on your soul. when he was given the chance to speak, ariel castro rambled for more than 16 minutes. he blamed the victims, blamed an addiction to sex and claimed his 6-year-old daughter with amanda berry never saw any violence. and when castro said this --

>> find it in your heart to forgive me because we have a lot of harmony going in that home.

>> reporter: the judge was incredulo incredulous.

>> you said there's harmony in that home. i'm not sure anybody in america would agree with you.

>> i will not let you define me affect who i am. i will live on, you will die a little every day. after 11 years i am finally being heard and it's liberating. thank you all. i love you. god bless you.

>> reporter: the sentence life without parole plus 1,000 years. ariel castro this morning is in this county detention center behind me but he'll be moved to another location here in the state of ohio. the women have remained asking for privacy. amanda berry's sister yesterday said she wants to be the one to tell her little girl some day what happened in that house. she doesn't want her to find out from anybody else. back to you.

>>> you know, i have to say watching that hearing yesterday, this is a young woman who just personifies courage. it was incredible. her faith is so moving. it was an incredible hearing.

>> i was outraged that they allowed ariel castro to go on for 16 minutes rambling on and on talking about a harmonious house. it made me angry. revictimized the victim.

>> the defendant is entitled to make a statement.

>> gave us all a chance to see what a monster so.

>> he thinks he is not.

>> we have photographic evidence of the 99 feet of chain.

>> she's the face of bravery.