“You Lack A Soul,” Judge Says In Sentencing For 18-Year Kidnapping


A California judge, sentencing Phillip Garrido to a 431-year-to-life term for kidnapping Jaycee Dugard for 18 years, told him, “You lack a soul. What you did to this child is beyond horrible,” reports the Sacramento Bee. The sentencing marked the end of a case that has captured worldwide attention since Dugard was found alive in 2009.

Judge Douglas Phimister described the case as “shopping for a victim” when he sent the Garrido, 60, and his wife Nancy, 55, to prison. Nancy Garrido got a term of 36 years to life. “You basically went shopping for a child to steal,” Phimister told the defendants. He also released some of the grand jury testimony showing how the 18-year confinement evolved.

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