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Jaycee Dugard kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty

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PLACERVILLE, CA - Jaycee Dugard expressed relief after her abductors entered guilty pleas to kidnapping and raping her in an El Dorado County Court hearing Thursday morning.

"I'm relieved that Phillip and Nancy Garrido have finally acknowledged their guilt and confessed to their crimes against me and my family," Dugard said in a statement through a representative. 

The plea agreements stipulate Phillip Garrido will get 431 years to life in prison. Nancy Garrido will serve 36 years to life. Their sentencings will be June 2 at 9 a.m. in Placerville.

Phillip Garrido pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and all 13 counts of sexual assault. His wife pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and one count of sexual assault. She will be technically eligible for parole.

In a news release, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said both Garridos waived their right to appeal. The news release also said that Nancy Garrido's guilty plea was contingent on Phillip Garrido's guilty plea.

Nancy Garrido's attorney, Stephen Tapson, said Garrido was sorry for what she did and did not want Jaycee Dugard to testify in any sort of trial or hearing.

"She would probably do anything to avoid having to have the kids go to trial," Tapson said.

Pierson said after the hearing both he and Dugard were relieved she and her two children will not have to testify.

The district attorney also commended Dugard.

"If it not were Jaycee's strong cooperation with us, uh, both our office as well as the prosecution team, uh, in this case, we wouldn't, wouldn't be able to stand firm in our stated stance we were willing to take this case to trial if necessary," Pierson said. "Jaycee's courage and willingness to confront her abductors directly led to the defendants' pleas and life sentences." 

Tapson added he believed his client was genuinely sorry for what she did to Dugard and that she had made her peace with God and was ready to move on with her life.

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Katie Callaway Hall, who was abducted and raped by Phillip Garrido in Las Vegas in 1976, offered the following statement upon learning of the guilty pleas:

I am extremely happy that my ordeal with Phillip Garrido is finally coming to a close.

I know that the El Dorado District Attorney's Office is making sure that, this time, Garrido will not be able to talk his way out of prison and past the Parole systems.

I hope that my continued presence at these hearings has helped to support this case in some way. I know that it helped me to reclaim something that Phillip Garrido stole from me 34 years ago.

I believe that Jaycee's willingness to testify was the deciding factor, and I respect her tremendously for having that strength of character.

Now our families can move on with our healing.

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