Phillip and Nancy Garrido have given lengthy police interviews confessing to the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Dugard, who attended a confessional session and met Nancy face-to-face afterwards – leaving Nancy in tears, an attorney says.
Phillip Garrido, 59, who had never opened up to police, gave an all-day confession on Feb. 22, and Nancy, 55, who did cooperate shortly after Dugard s recovery in August 2009, gave a few interviews in recent months, Nancy’s lawyer Stephen Tapson tells PEOPLE.
Dugard, now 30, observed over closed-circuit television Nancy s most recent interview in early December so that she could tell detectives if Nancy was being truthful. After the interview, the two women talked in person in the room for 10 minutes, according to Tapson.
Tapson said he could not reveal what the two women discussed, but he did say that Nancy felt dejected over what she perceived as Jaycee’s lack of emotion or warmth during the meeting.
“Nancy was tearful after the interview because she’s sad and she misses her,” Tapson added.
He said he did not believe Jaycee has also met with Phillip Garrido since his arrest. An attorney for Phillip had no immediate comment.
Stun Gun and a Bus Stop
During the police interviews, the Garridos confessed that, in 1991, they drove to Reno, bought a stun gun and then drove to South Lake Tahoe – an area that Phillip Garrido was very familiar with – so they could snatch a girl. Jaycee was 11 at the time, according to Tapson.
Nancy has confessed that she jumped out of the car, used the stun gun on Jaycee as she walked to her school bus stop, and pushed Jayceee into the car so the couple could bring her to their home in Antioch, Calif.
Tapson says he decided to share the details Monday after a breakdown in plea negotiations. He says he was led to believe that if the Garridos fully cooperated with detectives, Nancy would be offered a short enough sentence that she will not die in prison.
Instead, Tapson says, he received an offer Friday from El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson of 240 years and eight months. Tapson asked Pierson on Monday if he was serious, and Pierson said that he was.
Pierson tells PEOPLE he has no comment on Tapson’s remarks.
A Plea to Jaycee for Help
Tapson says a plea deal would have spared Jaycee and her two daughters with Phillip from having to testify at a trial, but it now appears that there will indeed be a trial, perhaps in the fall.
He appealed before TV cameras for Jaycee to intervene on Nancy’s behalf. “Jaycee, please talk,” he said.
Tapson says he will argue at trial that Nancy Garrido was a young and naïve woman at the time who was heavily influenced by Phillip Garrido – and that they were both under the influence of meth.
“I will claim that she had Stockholm Syndrome, as well as the world’s worst case of taste in men,” Tapson says.
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