Fritzl: 'I Can't Go Back and Change It'

Jury to decide case today
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 5:42 AM CDT
Fritzl: 'I Can't Go Back and Change It'
Josef Fritzl heads to trial today in St. Poelten, Austria.   (AP Photo/Robert Jaeger, Pool)

Monster dad Josef Fritzl apologized "from the bottom of my heart" today for keeping his daughter locked in a cellar as a sex slave for 24 years, then added: "I can't go back and change it." Fritzl, 73, made his remarks as an Austrian jury was about to decide his fate. A verdict and sentencing are expected later today. Prosecutors called for the maximum life sentence for Fritzl in their closing remarks, CNN reports.

Fritzl expects to spend the rest of his life behind bars, his attorney said. He pleaded
guilty yesterday to all charges against him, including enslavement, and murder in the death of a twin boy, one of seven children he fathered with his daughter. He told the court he was moved to do so after watching videotaped testimony from his daughter.
(More Elisabeth Fritzl stories.)

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