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No compassion for wife of Jaycee Lee Dugard’s kidnapper, prosecutor says


Another court delay Thursday dashed speculation of possible guilty pleas from Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the couple accused of kidnapping and sexually tormenting Jaycee Lee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years in their backyard compound in Northern California.

After a hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court, Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson criticized comments made by Nancy Garrido's defense attorney a few weeks ago, when he called for compassion for his client  because Garrido was "like her mother" when Jaycee's children, fathered by Phillip Garrido, were born.

"Perhaps my alleged lack of compassion comes from my awareness of many disgusting facts concerning Nancy Garrido's personal involvement in this case,'' Pierson said in a statement.

Pierson said Nancy Garrido not only assisted her husband when he snatched Dugard off a South Tahoe street 18 years ago, but also helped imprison the girl in the couple's backyard and videotaped other young children to "provide her rapist husband with sexually perverse entertainment.''

The couple confessed to the crimes last month because Phillip Garrido, 59, hopes to negotiate a reduced sentenced for his wife, according to Stephen Tapson, Nancy's Garrido's attorney.

Tapson told the Associated Press that the last offer from the El Dorado County district attorney still had her serving a prison sentence of 180 years to life.

"Obviously if we go to trial and she loses, she goes to 500 and something years, so what's the difference?" Tapson said, adding that he was pushing for a prison term of 30 to 40 years.

Phillip Garrido would face a sentence of more than 500 years in prison under an offer from the prosecutor.

The Garridos married in 1981 at the U.S. penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., where Phillip was serving a 50-year sentence for a 1976 kidnapping and rape.

The discovery of Dugard, who gave birth to two daughters after being repeatedly raped, made international headlines two years ago, and the Garridos face nearly 30 counts of kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment. Dugard, now 30, was abducted by the Garridos when she was 11 years old.

The couple took her to Antioch, Calif., and kept her imprisoned in tents and soundproof shacks for 18 years. Phillip Garrido is accused of repeatedly raping the girl, sometimes videotaping the assaults, according to his grand jury indictment.

The prosecutor dismissed a comment from Nancy Garrido's attorney that she was an unwilling participant, noting that "she alone" helped keep Dugard prisoner for 42 days in 1993 when her husband was in federal custody on a parole violation.

Pierson also provided details of a 1993 incident in which Nancy Garrido lured a 5-year-old child into the couples' van and, while videotaping, enticed the child to bend over. It was one of many instances when Nancy videotaped children for her husband's sexual gratification, he said.

"No, I do not think that Nancy Garrido deserves my compassion,'' Pierson said.

The Garridos' next hearing is scheduled for April 7.


Garridos confess to police in Jaycee Dugard kidnapping and rape case

Phillip Garrido ruled competent to stand trial in Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping

-- Phil Willon

Photo: Phillip Garrido in court. Credit: Associated Press.

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They both need to be hung in front of the entire world!!

No mercy. No compassion. Go to jail for 500 years.

Both deserve the death penalty.

REALLY!?!?!?!? REALLY!?!?!?!? COMPASSION!?!?!?!?!? Is this man SERIOUS!?!?!? (Garrido's attorney) (It makes me nauseous just to type her name!) This woman is SOOOOOOOOOOOO despicable to me that it is simply NOT possible for me to articulate it!!! She is EVERY bit as culpable in this crime as her husband! And don't ANYONE DARE to try and say that, "Oh, well, maybe she didn't do anything to help Jaycee escape while her husband was in jail for the probation violation in 1993 because she was scared of retribution by him when he got out and got home.” Because that's total crap! She has clearly been part of the "system" for many years and knows, full well, what the deal is. If she was not a willing participant, then all she had to do was to take Jaycee to the authorities and tell them, "Hey, I'm Nancy Garrido, Phillip Garrido's wife. He is currently in jail on probation violation. This is Jaycee Dugard. He made me help him kidnap her "x" numbers of years ago when she was 11. This is the first time I've had an opportunity to bring her in to safety and get her away from him. I didn't want any part of this!!! Please protect me from him by keeping him in jail!!!" He would have NEVER seen the light of day again! SHE HAD HER CHANCE!!! She deserves NO MORE COMPASSION THAN HE DOES! It absolutely makes me physically ill to think that her attorney wants to get her 30 to 40 yrs for her part in this crime! I know he's trying to do his job, but my God! I REALLY hope he doesn't BELIEVE the CRAP that he's spewing out of his mouth!! Oh my God!!!

I'm very aware that my feelings on this case are more powerful for me than the average person, but that would be because I too was a victim of rape. But, THANK GOD!, even though I almost died from my attack, I wasn't kidnapped and held for most of my life! The other thing that makes me feel so strongly about this case is that my attacker not only never faced charges, but he went on to be a police officer after he was "honorably" discharged from the military. I was 16 and he was 17. Being in shock, and severe pain, I really believed him when he told me he would finish what he started if I told anyone.

I don't want to punish these two or anyone else for their crime AND what was done to me. I just want them to TRULY pay for their crimes! Not receive compassion! People who do things like this DO NOT deserve compassion! If they want compassion, then the compassion should start with them when they started what they started, by deciding to NOT DO what they DID!!! "DID"... that is the key word! They didn't just think about doing the crime. They thought about it. They planned it. AND THEN they carried it out!!!

For people to talk about compassion for these people, I don't think really understand what happens to someone both physically and mentally when they are attacked like this. I wish I could describe what I went through. What was actually done to me. But... common sense dictates that it would be a totally inappropriate thing to do! AND THAT's in a nut shell THE VERY THING that separates most of us from the, (Thank God), VERY few people who will do what the Garridos did. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE WHAT IS AND IS NOT APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR! AND TO ACT APPROPRIATELY! We simply CANNOT ALLOW people who CANNOT or WILL NOT make appropriate decisions to have compassion that leads to lesser sentences for their crimes. Now ALL that being said.... EVEN IF you do believe that these people deserve compassion. Fine. Give them compassion. But that doesn't me that they don't STILL HAVE TO PAY FOR WHAT THEY DID!!! ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES! Good actions usually have good consequences; bad actions ALMOST ALWAYS have bad consequences. You can forgive someone for what they do. And that's a GREAT thing to do and SHOULD be done, but AGAIN...that doesn't mean that you don't have to pay the consequences!!

I wish Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters all the best and healing. I just cannot imagine how hard this is for Jaycee AND her two daughters. I just cannot imagine what these two little girls are having to go through to try and make sense of the fact that the only man that they have EVER known as their father (and is their father) is a HORRIBLE EVIL man. Who, in the process of creating two BEAUTIFUL little girls, HURT THEIR MOTHER, OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER... (And who would STILL be hurting their mother had they not be rescued!) They actually LOVE this man! That may blow your mind and mine, but just remember, when you want to give this "woman" compassion, these two little girls' minds are being blown in the absolute OPPOSITE direction! Their WHOLE WORLD has literally been turned upside down! Yup…, I'd say that this "lady" deserves LOTS of compassion. My compassion limit would be to give her and her husband the death penalty. I know that's not going to happen though. And if you think that I'm wrong, then you either don't understand what these people have done to these three little girls, (remember Jaycee may be an adult now...but she WAS a little girl when it started) ..., or your an idiot. Or possibly, if you REALLY DO understand what these three have and continue to go through, and will NEVER stop going through as long as they live...and you still believe that either or both of the Garridos deserve compassion, then you may just be a better person than I.

Why not the gas chamber for both of these rabid animals?

the hardest punishment should be imposed on these people. child molesters SHOULD never leave jail, if they have been convicted. these people do not recover, they just keep on hurting other children and families. NO COMPASSION. 500 years or more of solitary confinement.

It is apparent to me that both defense attorneys have little respect for the public's intelligence. First they claim "happy family life" and must have "compassion" because Nancy was like a mother. Then they turn around and say Nancy was also a victim of her husband. In my mind that does not present a "happy family".

Also from the earlier news articles Jaycee was always like an after thought in this "happy family". Did she get trips to the library. Do trips to the library make up for being kidnapped, tazed (read that somewhere), sexually abused, used in child porn videos and kept away from family and friends in a sound proof cage/shed in an isolated back yard? This is real mother material for you.

What is really telling is that picture of Jaycee's tent with the three, not five, but three, chairs. Jaycee knew her family consisted of her and the two girls only.

Nancy knew her husband was a rapist. She married him anyway. She went kiddie shopping with him and helped him in bringing home his prize sex slave. Now to find she also made videos of other small children for the terrible person. Do not let her being female blind you to the fact she is fully capable of doing horrendous things.

There are plenty of examples of women being even worse then their husbands in committing crimes against the defenseless. And then these women try to pull the wool over peoples eyes saying "they had no choice" or "hubby made me do it".

This woman, not only helped, she kept video's of her crime because she was proud of them and probably figured they would never get caught.

They claim they have found "God". I do not personally think "God" would be proud of their actions in the past or in the present. They kept their homemade family kiddie porn. They tried to keep Jaycee's daughters for their own so they were "lying" to them saying Nancy was their mom. And now their lack of love for Jaycee and Jaycee's girls is again evident in the fact they refuse admit to their guilt and save Jaycee and her girls from the pain of a trial. But then the only love in their lives each other. They never did and never will have love for Jaycee or her children.

i thick that is crazy.


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