Dugard kidnapper sentenced to life in prison

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2011 3:43 PM
Dugard kidnapper sentenced to life in prison

PLACERVILLE, Calif (Reuters) - Phillip Garrido, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and holding her captive for 18 years, was sentenced on Thursday to 431 years to life in prison.

His wife, Nancy, 55, was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison.

Dugard, whose stunning rescue in 2009 at the age of 29 made international headlines, was not in court for the sentencing.

Her mother, Terry Probyn, read a statement from Dugard, who is now 31.

Phillip Garrido, 60, pleaded guilty on April 28 to kidnapping and multiple counts of sexual assault. Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to one count each of kidnapping and rape by force.

Prosecutors say the Garridos snatched Dugard from a street near her South Lake Tahoe home on June 10, 1991, as she walked to a school bus stop, and held her captive for nearly two decades.

Phillip Garrido fathered two girls with Dugard and kept all three concealed in a squalid compound of tents and sheds behind his Northern California home, authorities say.

They were rescued after Phillip Garrido aroused suspicions while proselytizing with the two girls on the University of California, Berkeley campus.

Dugard's family received a $20 million settlement in 2009 through a state victims' compensation fund.

The California inspector general found that state officials failed to properly supervise Garrido after his release from a 10-year prison term for a 1976 rape, overlooking a series of parole violations that should have led to his earlier capture.

(Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Jerry Norton)