18-Year Dugard Kidnapping Case Nears End as Garridos Plead Guilty


Jaycee Lee Dugard expressed relief that Phillip and Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to kidnapping and assaulting her, reports the Sacramento Bee. Nancy Garrido’s attorney, Stephen Tapson, quoted his client as saying, “I don’t want Jaycee and the kids to go through an actual trial.”

Dugard, now 30, is living with the two girls she bore to Phillip Garrido. The Garridos confessed to abducting Dugard in 1991 when she was 11 and holding her captive for 18 years. Under a plea agreement, Phillip Garrido, 60, will spend the rest of his life in prison, officially a 431-year term. Nancy Garrido, 55, would be eligible for parole only after serving about 31 years. The formal sentencing is June 2.

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