Fund for Cleveland women held captive tops $1.3M

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Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight (l-r) in their YouTube video thanking the public for their support.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight (l-r) in their YouTube video thanking the public for their support.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A fund to help three Cleveland women who were held captive in a house for over a decade has now raised more than $1.3 million.

Organizers of the Cleveland Courage Fund said Friday that close to $20,000 has been donated since Thursday’s sentencing of the man who admitted kidnapping and raping the women.

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

A spokeswoman for Ohio’s prisons department says Castro won’t go into general population once he enters the state’s prison system.

She says he’ll start his term isolated from other inmates for his own protection because of his high profile.

He’ll also undergo medical and mental health evaluations after arriving in prison.

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