Jaycee Dugard's kidnappers plead guilty in surprise deal
Published 29/04/2011 | 05:00
A convicted sex offender and his wife have pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and raping a Northern California girl when she was 11 and holding her captive for nearly two decades.
Phillip Garrido, who fathered two children by victim Jaycee Dugard, entered the plea under a surprise deal with prosecutors which calls for a sentence of more than 430 years to life.
His wife, Nancy Garrido, also pleaded guilty in a deal which calls for 36 years to life.
The couple appeared at a hastily arranged court hearing in Placerville, California, after having previously pleaded not guilty earlier this month.
Miss Dugard was snatched from the street near her family's home in South Lake Tahoe in June 1991 while walking to a school bus stop.
The plea deals will spare Miss Dugard, now 30, and her two daughters, aged 13 and 16, from having to testify at a trial.