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Jaycee Dugard expresses relief after captors plead guilty

Jaycee Dugard expresses relief after captors plead guilty Jaycee Dugard expressed relief that the couple who held her captive for nearly 20 years pleaded guilty to their crimes Thursday.

"I'm relieved that Phillip and Nancy Garrido have finally acknowledged their guilt and confessed to their crimes against me and my family," Dugard said in a statement.

Phillip Garrido, 60, and his wife, Nancy, 55, entered their pleas in an El Dorado County courtroom. They faced 29 charges of kidnapping and sexual assault.

Phillip Garrido repeatedly raped Dugard and fathered two daughters with her while confining her to a backyard warren of tents and soundproof sheds in their rural home in an unincorporated section of Antioch.

Under the plea deal, Phillip Garrido will be sentenced June 2, with a maximum possible sentence of 431 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said he waived his right to appeal.

Nancy Garrido, who helped snatch the girl in 1991 and later helped deliver the babies her husband  fathered with Dugard, pleaded guilty in return for a sentence of 25 years to life, in addition to 11 more years. Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to kidnapping and one count of rape by force in addition to other charges.

“The enormity of the defendants’ actions has caused tremendous pain and suffering to Jaycee, her mother Terry Probyn and their family,” El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson said in a statement. “With a guilty plea by both defendants, Terry, Jaycee and her children can now be spared the grief and trauma of having to be dragged into the court process to testify at a jury trial.”

The plea deal makes Nancy Garrido eligible for parole in 31 years, but Pierson said he was "confident she will spend the rest of her life in prison." Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to the rape charge under the theory that she aided and abetted the sexual assault, Pierson said.

Dugard and her children were discovered in August 2009. The state later awarded the Dugard family $20 million in response to charges that state officials failed to properly supervise Garrido, who was on parole for another rape when he kidnapped Dugard.

State parole agents visited the Garrido home several times without searching the backyard encampment where Dugard and her daughters were held captive.

Dugard's statement, released after the guilty plea, was reported by the Sacramento Bee.


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Photo: Family photo of Jaycee Lee Dugard before she disappeared in 1991. Credit: Associated Press

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I cant believe what this poor girl went through! Her story is so crazy and sad...She should write a book of her story i would definitely buy it . Im so glad they got caught that now she can spend the rest of her life with her loved ones.

It's about time! Why can't these types of sentences be given out to the other monsters out there who rape and molest children! 431-years to life--now THAT'S a sentence! That's the way it should be! It's too bad that Garido wasn't sentenced to something like this the first time he laid a hand on a child.

Good for her , i hope she can have a normal life with her children, she certainly deserves it. And good luck in their future

This is the case should go for a death penalty.

@ Donna
It might be too painful for Ms. Duggard to write about her ordeal; I imagine she wants to forget everything that happened to her, not recall the painful details!
You could read the book ROOM, by Emma Donoghue. It's fiction, based loosely on the Jon Fritzl case in Austria (similar storyline about a man who held captive his own daughter for decades and sired children with her).
It's a fine book written from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy. Makes for engaging reading.

I hope this can put an end to that horrible chapture of your life ,now you can really begin your own life, free and happy,the lord blessed you ( not those people)with two darling daughters to fullfill your life with ,so god bless you and yours, and enjoy !!! yours truly donagain

I totally agree with Kevin!! People who commit these kind of crimes are ususally repeat offenders. Lets stop them the first time around! These kids are traumitezed for life those who offended them should be locked away for a life time as well!!!!

This young girl lost 18 years of her life because of these horrible people. Now this jerk has "found God?!?"
An eye for an eye is what the bible says. Good luck in jail, because convicts really hate people like you. I hope they...

I'm so glad that they will get their just desserts. I remember when she first got kidnapped I was heartbroken because my older son is almost her age. I cried and cried when she was found alive although heartbroken at the same time about the life she suffered.

What a piece of garbage ! He deserves to be dragged out to the desert and left to die-and the state parole agents should be forced to look at her picture everyday for the rest of their lives

I can not imagine how difficult it must be for Jaycee and her children and the Mom too, for she has been put through a living hell also. Its wonderful that they will be financially cared for, but all the money in the world will not be able to erase those horrific memories of that monster and his wife not to mention the living conditions that Jaycee and her children lived in. There are things in this life that we just do not understand.....As far as Phillip, I think not only a life sentence, but a crude surgery is in order!

I'm so glad Jacyee is freed from those insignificant prostitutes. I'm glad Mr. Garrido is going to jail for the rest of his life - he deserves it. Jacyee, my God's light shine over you and your family. :)

An additional thought , I wonder how Jaycee feels / functions when every time she sees the children , she must also be reminded of their father .
Although the children are innocents , it would be difficult to constantly be reminded of their psycho father .

I feel so sorry for you, Jaycee.

They'll be killed in prison within a year...Jailhouse Law 101

God bless you and keep you Jaycee. You are a miracle!!!!

Finally Jaycee can find justice and peace in her life.And her kids can Finally have the peace they need.And they can finally get to see what a creep their dad is and have nothing to do with him.Most of Jaycee Childhood was taken away cause of him.She will never get back.I would hope Cousling will help her and she also has her parents to help her through this and her kids.I'm sure she can finally put the nightmare behind her,But i'm sure she will still have them.This guy and women who did it are creeps and they deserve to rot in prison.I don't know what they were thinking they could get away with it but wrong u got caught and now you gettingwhat's comeing to u,I wish Jaycee and her family all the best.

Jaycee is about my age, and I remember when I was very young seeing her picture as a missing child. I can't believe so long later, she was actually found. It's a miracle. God bless Jaycee and her daughters. As painful as it is to be reminded of her torture every time she looks in the faces of her daughters, I hope they bring her new light and a chance to see that they have a wonderful future ahead of them. God bless Terry who endured a living hell, for so long not knowing what happened to her daughter. I have an 8 year old son and could not imagine the pain she went through all these years. Love and luck always!

There is no way that Nancy should ever be allowed out of prison! Even the possibility is absolutely insane! She is pretty much as guilty as her disgusting husband!!

Jaycee, I hope you and your family can go on and live a peaceful and loving life. Don't look back, just look forward!

Jaycee has been in my prayers. Please God, give her some resemblence of a happy and normal life with her daughters after all that has happened to her. Somehow make something right for this girl. Not all the money in the world can fix what has been done to her. Please help her and her daughters to not be afraid of the world and know that their are people out here who care and are not perverted and warped. Please give them peace. Please let them give the human race another chance. Please let the right people come their way that will know how to love them and treat them so that they will feel free to live and love again. Amen.

I just feel really bad for Jaycee's stepfather. I heard an interview with him, and he hasn't had any contact with her. The FBI was blaming him for years, and even now that the Garridos are behind bars, he says they're still trying to link him to the original crime. This guy's life was ruined, and he's still being shat upon. I'm just making a public post saying that I'm sorry all this happened.


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