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Dugard's Kidnapper Sentenced to 431 Years

Dugard's Kidnapper Sentenced to 431 Years

Jaycee Lee Dugard, 11-year old girl who went missing in 1991 (inset) and Phillip Garrido is seen in court on March 17, 2011. (Credit: AP)

Boston Globe via YellowBrix

June 03, 2011

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The couple who kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and held her captive for nearly two decades were sentenced to prison yesterday, after listening to angry and emotionally wrought statements from the victim and her family.

Philip Garrido, 60, received a term of 431 years in prison. His wife, Nancy, 55, was sentenced to 36 years to life. Both waived their right to appeal as part of their sentence.

Dugard, who was kidnapped at age 11 and held for 18 years, was not in the courtroom. But her mother, Terry Probyn, read a statement from Dugard, who is now 31.

“There is no God in the universe who would condone your actions,’’ Dugard wrote. “You stole my life and that of my family.’’

But, Dugard told the Garridos, “you do not matter anymore.’’


A tent is set up in the far backyard of a home in Antioch, Calif., where authorities say kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard lived. [AP]

Probyn also spoke of her own suffering as she wondered what had happened to her daughter after the abduction.

“I thought I was going insane,’’ she said, adding, “My baby was gone.’’

Hands shaking, her voice rose. “It was you, Nancy Garrido, and it was you, Philip Garrido, that broke my heart,’’ she said, adding: “I hate you both.’’

Judge Douglas C. Phimister of El Dorado County Superior Court was stern in a lengthy dissection of Philip Garrido’s life as an experienced and manipulative criminal who snatched Dugard off a South Lake Tahoe street and then raped and imprisoned her.

“You took a human being and turned them into chattel,’’ said Phimister. “You reinvented slavery.’’

The couple confessed and pleaded guilty in April to kidnapping Dugard and holding her at their home outside Antioch, Calif., a Bay Area suburb.

Philip Garrido, a convicted sex offender, raped Dugard, eventually fathering two girls by her. Dugard became pregnant with her first child at 13 and her second when she was 16.

In court yesterday, Stephen Tapson, a lawyer for Nancy Garrido, said she loved both Dugard and her two children. Of her sentence, Garrido said, “I deserve every moment of it.’’

In August 2009, authorities discovered Dugard after campus police at the University of California, Berkeley, alerted parole authorities to Philip Garrido’s suspicious activities and statements made on campus.

It was soon discovered that Garrido, who had served 11 years in prison for the rape of a Nevada casino worker in 1976, had been holding Dugard at his home and in a secret backyard compound constructed behind it.

Tapson had long maintained that Nancy Garrido did not rape Dugard but that she was aware the sexual abuse was going on.

Tapson said that both Nancy Garrido and her husband had become addicted to methamphetamine and that the drug had fueled their actions.

But she pleaded guilty to both kidnapping and forcible rape.

Philip Garrido was sentenced on an array of crimes that Phimister outlined in exhaustive fashion yesterday, adding that he believed that Garrido had tried to hide his crimes and play up any mental illness to avoid punishment.

The Garridos married in 1981 after meeting in a federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., where he was serving time and where she had gone to visit a relative.

Dugard, who plans to publish a memoir next month about her experience, now lives with her two children in a secret location. In July 2010, the state of California settled a claim with her and her children that state parole agents had not adequately monitored Garrido.

  • White_shirt_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Possibly fellow inmates will make his life a living hell. I seriously doubt if he will be in general population.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago

    That guy looks seriously creepy. Prayers to those affected & I hope the couple rot in prison.

  • New_avatar_4_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I think that we, (the taxpayers)would save a lot of money if we put him to death QUICKLY instead of paying for incarceration until he dies.He and his wife might live for another forty years.

  • Me_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago



  • Image_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Continued prayers for the victims ... enjoy hell Garridos

  • Herosonpatrol_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Comments on here says it all & then some... prayers to the victims.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Sure hope the claim settlement included unlimited counselling for the victim and her kids. They need and deserve it. The aggravating circumstances of this horrific crime warrant the death penalty, so there is absolutely no chance of it ever happening again ( God forbid he should ever escape ! ).

  • 711022_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Wow, disgusting people and I hope he gets his in prison. Victim needs intense therapy and prayers.

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Definitely not enough. At least he and probably his wife will be in prison to the end of their days

  • Jsoc_max50


    about 3 years ago


    A normal morning violently interrupted. Day after day of fear, sexual assault and loneliness. A desperate striving for normalcy in depraved surroundings.

    But there was also intimidation from Mr. Garrido, including attack dogs and threats to use the stun gun.

    He said “he got me so that he wouldn’t have to do this to anybody else,” Ms. Dugard recalls.

    God give strenght to the victim and her family. The sentence should be what our war hero jlandreth pronounced!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    He needs to be housed in AdSeg for the rest of his life for his heinous crime and make the remaining of his life a living hell with no privileges .

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Not enough time for him or her.

  • Walther_ppk_pic_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Personally, I think she be able to go and kick him in the head anytime she wants.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I could have saved the tax payers a lot of money on this one with (2) rounds of ammo. That could have fixed all!!!! My prayers are with the Victims in all this. May God bring them peace to their lives asap.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    I got an idea, strip him naked, chain him in the compound where he kept such an innocent child, and let Bubba his boyfriend visit him everyday. Oh wait a minute, that would be cruel and inhumane wouldn't it?

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