Garrido gets life in prison for Dugard kidnap

June 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
As a Northern California couple was sentenced on Thursday, Jaycee Dugard said in a statement that her life had been stolen by her abductors.

"I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence," Dugard said in a statement read by her mother, Terry Probyn.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido, both dressed in orange jumpsuits, made no eye contact with anyone in the room and kept their heads down as the statement was read.

The judge imposed the maximum possible sentence of 431 years to life on the 60-year-old Phillip Garrido. His wife, Nancy Garrido, was sentenced to 36 years to life after pleading guilty to kidnapping and rape.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido were sentenced under a plea deal with prosecutors. The deal was designed, in part, to spare Dugard and her children from having to testify at a trial.

Dugard was 11 years old when she was kidnapped from her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991. She was held prisoner in a secret backyard compound in Antioch along with the two daughters she bore after Phillip Garrido repeatedly raped her. She was not found until 2009.

Garrido was on parole for rape and kidnapping dating back to 1976 when the abduction occurred. The district attorney said Garrido should never have been out on the streets to commit this crime.

After the sentencing Nancy Garrido's attorney Stephen Tapson said her client loved Dugard.

"She loved her. She delivered the kids. They were a family, as bizarre as it sounds, that's true," Tapson said.

"I spoke briefly on behalf of Nancy (in court), giving an apology, which is, as she said, 'Words are not enough, and what I did was evil, and every time I look in the mirror, it reminds me of how evil I was.'"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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