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Cleveland kidnapping survivors: Knight, Berry, and DeJesus honored

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Nearly a year after they escaped the Cleveland home they were held captive in for close to a decade, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus were honored by Gov. John Kasich. According to an article published by ABC News on Feb. 25, Gov. Kasich presented the trio with the annual courage award on Monday.

During his speech Kasich said it was Knight, Berry, and DeJesus' “inner strength and a courage” that helped them survive. He explained that no one rescued them, and added that they rescued themselves.

Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and DeJesus were all kidnapped by Ariel Castro between 2002 to 2004. He held them captive inside his Cleveland, Ohio home where he reportedly beat, rape, and tortured them until their rescue on May 6, 2014.

In August 2013 Ariel Castro accepted a plea deal by pleading guilt to 329 charges including multiple counts of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years.

Castro was found hanging in his prison cell in September 2013, and was later pronounced dead.

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