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Jaycee Dugard Kidnapper Philip Garrido Expected To Plead Guilty

Tue, April 5, 2011 5:00pm EDT by Add first Comment

The man who confessed to abducting Jaycee as an 11-year-old is to admit his guilt in court. This spares Jaycee — and the daughters she had while he held her as a sex slave — from testifying.

At least Jaycee Dugard won’t have to again face the man who imprisoned her and kept her as a sex slave for 18 years. Philip Garrido, 60, the sex offender who has admitted snatching her as a child from a school-bus stop in 1991 and holding her captive until she was 29 in 2009, is expected to plead guilty Thursday.

Nancy Garrido, 55, Philip’s wife, is believed to have dragged Jaycee into their car in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The Garridos are accused of holding Jaycee at their Antioch, Calif., home for 18 years, hiding her in tents and locked sheds in the backyard. She was rescued in August 2009.

Both suspects have admitted their involvement to detectives, according to Stephen Tapson, Nancy’s attorney.

The heartbreaking story of Jaycee’s abduction and captivity shocked the country. And the revelation that Phillip Garrido fathered two daughters with Jaycee while she was held as a sex slave made it all the more wrenching.

If Phillip Garrido pleads guilty as expected, it will close one chapter in the lives of Jaycee, now 30, and her daughters, Angel, 16 and Starlit, 13. And they won’t have to face the prospect of appearing as witnesses at an emotionally draining trial.

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