Jaycee Dugard kidnapping memoir to be released in July
Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years, will publish a memoir about her ordeal in July, her publisher announced Monday.
Dugard’s book, “A Stolen Life”, will chronicle the period from her abduction in 1991 to the present, publisher Simon & Schuster said in a news release. The book will go on sale July 12.
Phillip Garrido, 60, and his wife, Nancy, 55, pleaded guilty April 28 to kidnapping Dugard near her South Lake Tahoe home, raping her and confining her in a hidden backyard encampment. The plea deal will spare Dugard from having to testify at a trial.
"I'm relieved that Phillip and Nancy Garrido have finally acknowledged their guilt and confessed to their crimes against me and my family," Dugard, now 30, said in a statement at the time.
The case drew international headlines after Dugard and two daughters she bore with Phillip Garrido were discovered living on the Garridos' property in Antioch, Calif., in August 2009. The Garridos faced 29 charges of kidnapping and sexual assault.
Under the plea deal, Phillip Garrido will receive a maximum possible sentence of 431 years to life in prison. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping and 13 counts of sexual assault.
Nancy Garrido, who snatched Dugard and later helped deliver her babies, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, one count of rape by force for aiding and abetting, and other charges in exchange for a sentence of 25 years to life, in addition to 11 more years.
Both Garridos are scheduled to be sentenced June 2. They waived their rights to appeal.
Dugard and her family received a $20-million settlement from the state after filing a claim that said authorities failed to properly supervise Phillip Garrido, who was on parole for rape when he and his wife kidnapped Dugard.
-- Maria L. La Ganga
Photo: Cover of "A Stolen Life." Credit: Nancy Seltzer & Associates Inc.