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Kidnapper gets 431 years for 'stealing Jaycee's life'

Lisa Leff in Placerville

Published 03/06/2011 | 05:00

"I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence."

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This was the emotional message the woman who was kidnapped and raped for 18 years had for her tormentor who was jailed for life yesterday.

Jaycee Dugard was only 11 years old when the predatory serial sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy stole her from her family.

Yesterday Garrido was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison after Ms Dugard had testified earlier that he and his wife-accomplice had stolen her life.

Ms Dugard was snatched as her stepfather watched her walk toward a school bus. She gave birth to two daughters fathered by Garrido while he held her in a secret backyard compound.

The defendants made no eye contact with anyone in the room and kept their heads down as Ms Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, read her daughter's statement at the ongoing hearing that Ms Dugard did not attend.

Wrong

Ms Dugard wrote in a portion of the statement directed to Phillip Garrido: "Everything you ever did to me was wrong and I hope one day you will see that.

"I hated every second of every day for 18 years," she said in her first public statement since resurfacing. "You stole my life and that of my family."

A judge imposed the maximum sentence of 431 years to life on 60-year-old Phillip Garrido, calling his treatment of Ms Dugard evil and reprehensible.

Garrido, who was on parole for a 1976 rape when Jaycee was abducted, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and 13 sexual assault charges, including six counts of rape and seven counts of committing lewd acts on video.

His plea was part of a deal with prosecutors that saw Nancy Garrido sentenced to 36 years to life after pleading guilty to kidnapping and rape.

The deal was designed, in part, to spare Ms Dugard and her children from having to testify at a trial.

In the statement, Ms Dugard called Phillip Garrido a liar and said what Nancy Garrido did to her was evil. She said she hoped both of them would have as many sleepless nights as she had. "There is no God in the universe that would condone your actions," Ms Dugard wrote in a portion of the statement directed at Nancy Garrido.

Ms Dugard also said she was doing well now and told Phillip Garrido "you do not matter anymore".

The young woman was given an opportunity to present El Dorado County Superior Judge Douglas Phimister with an oral or written statement about her experience. Prosecutors typically encourage crime victims and their families to prepare detailed victim impact statements so courts can factor their suffering into sentencing decisions.

Ms Dugard, who has since written a memoir set to be published next month, has strived to preserve her privacy in the 22 months since she was identified during a chance meeting with Phillip Garrido's parole officer.

The defendants were arrested in August 2009 after Phillip Garrido inexplicably brought his ragtag clan to a meeting with his parole officer, who had no idea the convicted rapist had been living with a young woman and two girls he described as his nieces.

The state last year paid Ms Dugard a $20m (€14m) settlement under which officials acknowledged repeated mistakes were made by parole agents responsible for monitoring Garrido.

Irish Independent

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