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CLEVELAND — “A person can only die in prison once,” Judge Michael Russo told Ariel Castro Thursday in handing down a sentence of life in prison plus 1,000 years.

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Castro’s plea deal dropped the death penalty in exchange for life in prison, plus 1,000 years. (CNN)

The judge called the sentence “commensurate with the harm you’ve done.”

Russo, noting that Castro treated his victims as “slaves,” said consecutive sentences rendered in his case must be “imposed” to protect the public and “to punish you.”

“You don’t deserve to be out in our community,” he said. “You’re too dangerous.”

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