"What [my client] did was wrong.” … “I feel horrible for the victims in this case. There is no excuse for what he did." … "A monster."
Those are some of the arguments used by defense counsel in New York v. Mastromarino, an utterly ghastly criminal case which must have provided quite a challenge to the attorney in question. This sort of acknowledgement is sometimes made before pleading for mercy at capital sentencing hearings, but one rarely calls one's client a monster for lesser offenses.
Even so, considering the defendant's crimes, I'd say it's a pretty mild description.