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Castro to be kept in isolation

Castro to be kept in isolation

(Cleveland) — The Cleveland man sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and raping three women over the last decade will start his term isolated from other inmates.

A spokeswoman for Ohio's prisons department says Ariel Castro won't go into general population once he enters the state's prison system because of his high-profile case and for his own protection.

Castro will undergo medical and mental health evaluations after arriving in prison.

He remained in the Cleveland jail on Friday, a day after a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years.

Castro struck a deal with prosecutors that spared him from a possible death sentence before admitting to imprisoning the women in his home. He pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

Also on Friday morning, victim Michelle Knight visited Seymour Avenue, where she was kept captive for more than a decade. Knight spent about 15 minutes, thanking neighbors.

As of Friday, more than $1,340,000 has been donated to the Cleveland Courage Fund from more than 10,600 individual donors.  On the heels of Thursday’s sentencing, the Fund recorded a significant increase in giving — roughly $20,000 in less than 24 hours time.  

People wishing to donate to the Cleveland Courage Fund, established to help survivors Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Amanda’s daughter, can do so online by visiting www.clevelandcourage.org.  

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