Saturday 25 February 2017

Jaycee rape and kidnap suspect to plead guilty on all counts

Paula Pearls in Los Angeles

A LAWYER in the Jaycee Dugard case said he expects defendant Phillip Garrido to plead guilty to all charges.

Ms Dugard, from California, was kidnapped and held in a backyard compound for 18 years.

Last night lawyer Stephen Tapson claimed that Mr Garrido's wife will probably opt to go to trial unless she gets a better plea deal. But Mr Tapson, who represents Nancy Garrido, said her husband will plead guilty tomorrow at a pre-trial conference.

"Unless some hitch develops, I'm 99pc sure Phil will 'plead to the sheet' and possibly be sentenced at the same time if the judge has figured out the correct number of hundreds of years," Mr Tapson said.

The Garridos are each charged with 18 felony counts of false imprisonment, rape and child pornography.

Mrs Garrido has pleaded not guilty. Mr Garrido, a convicted sex offender, has not yet entered a plea.

They are accused of kidnapping the then 11-year-old Jaycee from outside her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991.

They held Ms Dugard and her two daughters -- fathered by Mr Garrido -- captive until their arrest in August 2009, prosecutors said.

Ms Dugard, now 30, received a $20m (€14m) settlement from the state of California.

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