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Jaycee Dugard's Captors Receive Life Sentences In Court For Kidnapping And Sexual Assault

Thu, June 2, 2011 4:15pm EDT by 1 Comment

After holding Jaycee captive for 18 years, the couple deserves every second that they spend in jail.

Phillip Garrido received a sentence of 431 years to life in prison, while his wife Nancy Garrido got 36 years to life after pleading guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault. The couple’s case has been in the middle of a media frenzy since the Jaycee Dugard‘s 2009 rescue at the age of 29.

She had been held captive since June 10, 1991 when the Garridos abducted the 11-year-old girl on her way to the school bus stop. In the victim impact statement read in court today by her mother, Jaycee finally had a chance to verbalize the disgust she felt toward her captors for those long 18 years: “I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence. Everything you ever did was wrong and I hope one day you will see that.”

“I hated every day for 18 years,” she wrote. “You stole my life and that of my family.”

Jaycee was frequently raped and forced to live secretly in filthy tents behind the couple’s home in Northern California. Phillip fathered two little girls with Jaycee — Angel and Starlite.

Terry Probyn, Jaycee’s mother had an emotional statement of her own,”I thought I was going to go insane because I needed so desperately to hold her and protect her. It was you, Nancy Garrido, and you, Phillip Garrido, that broke my heart. You took something that didn’t belong to you and hurt my baby. I hate you both.”

“No amount of jail time or even death will cleanse your corrupt souls. You’re nothing other than selfish, self-gratifying monsters,” she finally vented. “The only satisfaction I know is you will never lay eyes on her again, more importantly, you will never lay eyes on her daughters again.”

Jaycee’s rescue only came when Phillip raised suspicions by proselytizing on the University of California Berkley campus. He had served a 10-year sentence for a 1976 rape and violated his parole numerous times, so red flags should have raised much sooner. The Dugard family received a $20 million settlement.

Phillip had not prepared a statement, but his lawyer did speak on his behalf and said that he accepts full responsibility and agrees that he deserves his sentence. Judge Douglas Phimister added that this is third case he’s presided over in which he believed the defendant lacked a soul.

Stephen Tapson, Nancy’s attorney, addressed the courtroom, “She has asked me to say a few words on her behalf. My client is just scared. She knows what her sentence is going to be but she’s never been in prison so she’s apprehensive.”

Jaycee now lives in seclusion with her family in northern California, choosing not stay out of the public eye, even though people are dying to get glimpse into her life and her tragic story. Soon all the details will be out — Her memoir is set to be released in July.

–Brooke Peoples