Ending a sensational kidnapping case spanning two decades, Phillip and Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty Thursday to abducting Jaycee Dugard, who was held as a sex slave and gave birth to Phillip’s two children.
As part of the plea negotiations, both Garridos gave lengthy confessions, recalling how they bought a stun gun in Reno in 1991, trolled South Lake Tahoe for a victim, and grabbed the 11-year-old Jaycee as she walked to her school bus.
The two, wearing red inmate jumpsuits, entered their pleas during an unscheduled, 35-minute hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville, Calif.
Phillip Garrido listened attentively and asked the judge to repeat a statement about the irreversible nature of the pleas. Nancy Garrido sobbed throughout the hearing and at one point a bailiff handed her a tissue.
Attorneys had been discussing the plea deal in earnest since earlier this year, after Phillip was found competent to stand trial.
Under the deal, the Garridos pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault – 13 sexual-assault counts by Phillip and one by Nancy. Phillip, 60, will get 431 years, and Nancy Garrido, 55, will get 36 years to life. They both waived their right to appeal. Police say Dugard was held against her will and repeatedly raped, eventually giving birth to two daughters by Garrido in the warren of backyard tents where the Garridos kept them hidden from parole officers. Dugard and the daughters never attended school or saw doctors.
Dugard was recovered after security officers at UC Berkeley became suspicious when Garrido and his daughters went to the campus to distribute religious materials.
Dugard, now 30, is writing a memoir about the ordeal and lives with her mother and her daughters in Northern California. Her family was given $20 million by the state of California as compensation for the failure of parole officials.