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Jaycee Dugard's kidnappers sentenced to life in prison

Phillip Garrido, the man who kidnapped an 11-year-old in 1991 and kept her captive in his backyard for 18 years, was convicted on kidnapping and sex crime charges and sentenced on Thursday to serve 431 years to life in prison. Garrido originally pleaded not guilty to rape and kidnapping charges, but accepted a plea deal eventually. Prosecutors worked out the plea deal so that the now-grown girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, would not have to testify. Dugard wrote an impact statement but did not come to court to read it. Instead, her mother read her statement to the court before the sentencing.

Dugard was abducted on her way to the school bus stop in 1991. She was brought to Garrido's home where she lived in the backyard in a series of tents for 18 years. While living with Garrido, Dugard gave birth to two daughters, one when she was 14 and one when she was 16. Dugard was abducted and held captive with the help of Garrido's wife, Nancy Garrido. Nancy delivered Dugard's children in the tents. Nancy was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison on Thursday.

The case has brought reform to the parole system in the state of California. Garrido was already a convicted rapist and registered sex offender under close supervision by parole agents at the time he kidnapped Dugard and the entire time she was in captivity in his backyard. Numerous mistakes by parole agents kept Dugard from being discovered sooner. Eventually, it was a parole agent who discovered and identified Dugard, after she and her daughters accompanied Garrido to a meeting with a parole officer.


Jaycee Dugard's kidnappers sentenced to prison (Los Angeles Times)

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