Knight to Castro: 'Death Penalty Would Be So Much Easier'

Ariel Castro's victim confronted him at his sentencing hearing where he was given a life sentence.
2:04 | 08/02/13

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Now, to the dramatic confrontation in a cleveland. Initi michelle knight, coming face-to-face with the man who kept her for more than a decade. Alex perez is there. Everyone was riveted in that courtroom. Reporter: Good morning to you. Ariel castro is waking up in prison. Michelle knight is tiny. So small, her rescuers initially thought she was a child. She stood tall, like a tower of strength in court. This morning, ariel castro is locked up in a prison cell for life. A woman described as fitting. The death penalty would be so much easier. You don't deserve that. You deserve to spend life in prison. I can forgive you. But I'll never forget. Reporter: In court thursday, michelle knight bravely confronted the man who tormented her. Never looking at castro. But describing to him the misery she survived. Days never got shorter. Days turned into nights. Nights turned into days. Years turned into eternity. Nobody should ever have to go through what I went through or anybody else. Not even a worstest enemy. Reporter: Knight also talked about the friendships she, AMANDA BERRY AND gina DeJesus forged to stay hopeful. Gina was my teammate. She never let me fall. I never let her fall. She nursed me back to health when I was dying from his abuse. My friendship with her is the only thing that was good out of this situation. We said we would someday make it out alive. And we did. Reporter: Even as she shed tears, her strength before her captor never wavered. Writing this statement gave me the strength to be a stronger woman. And know that there's good. There's more good than evil. After 11 years, I'm finally being heard. And it's liberating. Reporter: Berry and dejesus were not in court. But their family members were. For more than four hours, prosecutors laid out the gruesome details how castro tortured the women. And then, he spoke, delivering a rambling, almost collusional 16. Minute statement. Saying he was not a monster. We had a lot of harmony going on in that home. Reporter: But the judge made it clear he wasn't buying that story. I'm not sure there's anybody else in america that will agree with you. Reporter: And handed down castro's sentence. Life in prison, without parole, plus 1,000 years. The women and their family members also talk a lot about their future. They want to go to college. They want to travel the world. They say they won't let this whole ordeal stop them from living.

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