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Jaycee Dugard says she cherishes all the freedoms of her new life

July 8, 2011 |  6:51 am

Phillip and Nancy Garrido

Family photo of Jaycee Lee Dugard before she disappeared in 1991

Jaycee Dugard said the basic freedoms she now enjoys after being held captive for 18 years are "unbelievable."

In an interview with Diane Sawyer that will be broadcast Sunday night, Dugard said she is still getting used to her new life.

"Now I can walk in the next room and see my mom," Dugard told Sawyer. "Wow. I can decide to jump in the car and go to the beach with the girls. Wow, it's unbelievable, truly."

In the interview, tied to a new book about her ordeal being published this summer, she recounts her kidnapping by Phillip Garrido at age 11. She said she was walking near her home in Lake Tahoe and that Garrido used a stun gun to subdue her.

She also recounts giving birth to two of his children and being held captive in his home and backyard.

She told Sawyer that the image of a pine cone has become her inspiration.

"Back then [the pine cone] was the last thing I touched. You know, the last grip on me. Now, it's — it's a symbol of hope and new beginnings. And that — there is life after something tragic," Dugard said.

Last month, Garrido, a 60-year-old convicted rapist, was sentenced to 431  years to life in prison. His 55-year-old wife, Nancy, was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison.

El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson described the serial rapist as “a sexual predator who stole the childhood and innocence from an 11-year-old child. Defendant Garrido’s actions caused her mother Terry Probyn to have to endure an 18-year-long nightmare.”

Probyn  read a statement from her daughter, who did not attend the hearing: "To Phillip Garrido, I hated every second of every day of 18 years because of you. To you Nancy, I have nothing to say."


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-- Shelby Grad

Photos, from top: Phillip and Nancy Garrido during an April 7 hearing in their case in Placerville, Calif. Credit: Max Whittaker / Reuters;  family photo of Jaycee Lee Dugard before she disappeared in 1991. Credit: Associated Press