Jaycee Dugard’s Kidnappers Plead Guilty – 12/28/2011

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Nancy Garrido (55) and her husband, Phillip (60) plead guilty on December 28th, 2011 to the kidnapping of 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in 1991. Dugard was held captive by the Garrido’s at their Northern California home for a total of 18 years; Phillip during this time fathered with her two children. Eventually, Dugard would be rescued at age 29 along with her two daughters in 2009; one daughter was 15 and the other was 11.

While Jaycee was walking near her South Lake Tahoe home in California in the direction of a school bus stop, she was abducted on June 10th, 1991. Although witnesses did see her forcibly getting into a car, they could not identify them or stop them. A huge search effort was unsuccessful in locating the blue-eyed, blonde girl.

Dugard was trapped in having to live in hidden sheds and tents for roughly two decades at the Garrido’s home in their backyard which was located outside of Antioch, California in an unincorporated area. She was a teenager who gave birth to his children in a secluded compound in the backyard; Phillip had sexually assaulted Jaycee multiple times. While she spent time doing labor at the kidnappers printing company, Dugard and her daughters never attended school or were seen by doctors during her captivity.

The events leading to Dugard and her daughters rescue started on August 24th, 2009 at the University of California, Berkeley as a police officer there was suspicious of Garrido; Phillip was there that day with his daughters seeking a permit so he could hand out on campus religious flyers. Garrido had his background checked by police and became aware that he received a conviction as a sex offender, so they called his parole officer to share their concern regarding his daughters; according to officers, the daughters had robotic and odd responses as well as looking unnaturally pale when spoken to. Phillip was told to attend a meeting with his parole representative and brought with him Dugard (he addressed her as Allisa), his wife and their daughters. Although the parole agent had been previously to Garrido’s home, Dugard and the girls were not there. Once Jaycee revealed her real identity to the agent at the meeting, Nancy and Phillip Garrido were arrested.

Once Dugard was reunited with her daughter after the rescue, they were awarded by the state of California a settlement worth $20 million in July of 2010. The settlement was the result of determining that officials from the state failed to monitor properly Garrido when he was set free in 1988 from prison for a rape and kidnapping conviction in 1977.

Initially, the Garrido’s would not plead guilty to the charges that they faced; the charges were false imprisonment, kidnapping and sexual assault. Ultimately, they decided to agree to plead guilty on April 28th, 2011. On June 2nd, 2011, Nancy was given a sentence of 36 years to life while Phillip’s sentence was 431 years in prison.

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