Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the married couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 and holding her captive for nearly 20 years, pleaded guilty to their crimes Thursday under an agreement that calls for life sentences.
Phillip Garrido repeatedly raped Dugard and fathered two daughters with her while keeping her in captivity in a backyard warren in their home. He will be sentenced on June 2nd and is facing a maximum possible sentence of 431 years to life in prison.
Nancy Garrido helped kidnap the girl in 1991 and later helped deliver the babies her husband had fathered with Dugard. She pleaded guilty to kidnapping and one count of rape by force in addition to other charges. Her guilty plea will giver her a sentence of at least 25 years to life, in addition to 11 more years. District Atty. Vern Pierson was “confident she will spend the rest of her life in prison.”
“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 written 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.”
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