- Calif man kidnapped a girl as sex slave for 18 years
1PLACERVILLE, Calif. – A serial sex offender was ordered Thursday to spend
the rest of his life in prison after the California woman he kidnapped,
raped and held captive for 18 years said he and his wife had stolen her life.
Victim Jaycee Dugard was 11 when she was abducted by Phillip and Nancy
Garrido as her stepfather watched her walk toward a school bus. She gave
birth to two daughters fathered by Garrido while he held her in a secret
The defendants, both wearing orange jumpsuits, made no eye contact with
anyone in the courtroom and kept their heads down as Dugard's mother, Terry
Probyn, read her daughter's statement at the hearing. Dugard, now 31, was
not present in court.
"I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my
life in your presence," Dugard wrote in a portion of the statement directed
to Phillip Garrido. "Everything you ever did to me was wrong and I hope one
day you will see that.
"I hated every second of every day for 18 years," she said "You stole my
life and that of my family."
It was Dugard's first public statement since she was found 22 months ago.
El Dorado County Superior Judge Douglas Phimister imposed the maximum
possible sentence of 431 years to life on 60-year-old Phillip Garrido,
calling his treatment of Dugard evil and reprehensible.
Phimister revealed several new details about Dugard's abduction, saying
Phillip Garrido used a Taser to subdue her and threatened to stun her again
if she tried to escape.
"Basically what you did was you took a human being and turned them into a
chattel, a piece of furniture, to be used by you at your whim," the judge
said. "You reinvented slavery, that's what you did."
Phimister added that the Garridos had "gone shopping" for a young girl to
abduct the day they snatched Dugard.
In a presentencing memo justifying a sentence of hundreds of years for
Phillip Garrido, District Attorney Vern Pierson said Dugard spent the first
one-and-a-half years after her kidnapping locked in a backyard shed.
She did not leave the backyard for the first four years after her abduction.
Phillip Garrido, who was on parole for a 1976 rape when Dugard was abducted,
pleaded guilty to kidnapping and 13 sexual assault charges, including six
counts of rape and seven counts of committing lewd acts captured on video.
His plea was part of a deal with prosecutors that saw Nancy Garrido, 55,
sentenced to 36 years to life after pleading guilty to kidnapping and rape.
The deal was designed, in part, to spare Dugard and her children from having
to testify at a trial.
In her statement, Dugard called Phillip Garrido a liar and said what Nancy
Garrido did to her was evil. She said she hoped both of them would have as
many sleepless nights as she had.
"There is no God in the universe that would condone your actions," Dugard
said in a portion of the statement directed at Nancy Garrido.
Dugard also said she was doing well now and told Phillip Garrido "you do not
Dugard, who has written a memoir set to be published next month, has strived
to preserve her privacy since she was identified during a chance meeting
with Phillip Garrido's parole officer.
The judge marveled that Garrido was able to get paroled for a 1976 rape and
kidnapping conviction after only 11 years, saying the defendant had been
able to work the penal system to his advantage.
Phimister said Garrido continued fooling psychiatrists and parole officers
in the years he held Dugard.
As the judge spoke, Garrido remained motionless and stared straight ahead
Phillip Garrido's lawyer Susan Gellman read a statement on her client's
"He has accepted responsibility for his actions and he has done this without
any expectation of leniency and has done this because he wanted to spare
everyone, especially Miss Dugard and her children, a trial," Gellman said
Gellman urged the judge to impose a lighter sentence in light of what she
described as Garrido's significant mental health issues.
"I'm not minimizing what happened in this case. It was a terrible thing that
happened here, he is remorseful," she said. "But one lifetime to me seems
to be enough."
The judge said he recognized that Garrido had psychological problems but
said he thought the sentence was appropriate.
After Nancy Garrido was sentenced, her attorney Stephen Tapson told
reporters a judge had denied her request to see her husband one last time.
"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," Tapson said. "She said from
the get-go, `'I don't want to go to trial, I don't want to put Jaycee and
those kids through that.'"
Dugard was grabbed by Nancy Garrido from the South Lake Tahoe street where
her family lived and forced into a car driven by Phillip Garrido on June 10,
Authorities have said the couple drove the girl 168 miles south to their
home in Antioch and held her prisoner there for the next 18 years, four
months and 16 days. At first, she was locked in the shed then confined to a
series of tents she would come to share with the daughters fathered by
Phillip Garrido and delivered by his wife.
The defendants were arrested in August 2009 after Phillip Garrido
inexplicably brought his ragtag clan to a meeting with his parole officer,
who had no idea the convicted rapist had been living with a young woman and
two girls he described as his nieces.
Her reappearance proved a costly embarrassment for California parole
officials, who had to explain how a parolee under intensive supervision
could live with his victim and have children with her undetected.
The state last year paid Dugard a $20 million settlement under which
officials acknowledged repeated mistakes were made by parole agents
responsible for monitoring Garrido. California has since increased
monitoring of sex offenders.
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