Mother of kidnapper Ariel Castro's children filed protection order after broken ribs, skull fracture
Jen Steer, newsnet5.com
10:28 PM, Jul 31, 2013
9:02 PM, Aug 1, 2013
CLEVELAND - Prosecutors will likely outline admitted kidnapper Ariel Castro's violent past during his sentencing on Thursday.
Castro, 52, moved into the house on Seymour Avenue, where he kept three women captive for a decade, in April 1992. That's when he met his once-common law wife, Grimilda Figueroa, and fathered four of her children.
Castro was arrested for domestic violence in 1989, 1993 and 2003, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.
"On August 29, 2005, after complaining of two broken noses, broken ribs, knocked out teeth, a fractured skull and multiple death threats on her and her children, Grimilda Figueroa filed a protection order against the defendant," the sentencing memorandum said.
Castro was employed as a Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver starting in 1991. During that time, he would go grocery shopping while on his bus route and even left children on the bus. He was fired on Nov. 6.
The documents also said that Castro has no credit history and used mostly cash.
Castro kept friends and family at a distance, rarely inviting people over to his house, where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were kept locked up.
"The defendant set boundaries even for those who were closest to him. His family members rarely visited, and when they did, they were told to stay in the kitchen," prosecutors said in the court filing. Castro broke ties with his one-time girlfriend in 2003 in order to focus on his kidnappings.
Castro faces life in prison without the possibility of parole plus a thousand years.