Jaycee ‘Hated Every Second Of Every Day’ – Garrido Gets 431 Years

PLACERVILLE (CBS) — A serial sex offender from Antioch was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison after the woman he kidnapped, raped, fathered two children with and held captive for 18 years said he and his wife had stolen her life.

A judge imposed the maximum possible sentence of 431 years to life on 60-year-old Phillip Craig Garrido, saying he “lacked a soul” and calling his treatment of Jaycee Dugard “beyond horrible.”

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“Everything you’ve ever done to me was wrong… I’ve always been a thing of your amusement. I hated every second of every day for 18 years because of you,” Dugard said of Garrido, in her first public statement since she was found 22 months ago. “You stole my life and that of my family.”

Garrido, who was on parole for a 1976 rape when Dugard was abducted at age 11, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and 13 sexual assault charges, including six counts of rape and seven counts of committing lewd acts captured on video.

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

The Garridos, both dressed in orange jumpsuits, made no eye contact with anyone in the room and kept their heads down as Dugard’s mother, Terry Probyn, read her daughter’s statement at the sentencing hearing that Dugard – now age 31 – did not attend.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

“I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence,” Dugard wrote in a portion of the statement directed to Phillip Garrido.

Probyn then wept, overcome by emotion, as she spoke on behalf of herself.

“It was you, Nancy Garrido, and you, Phillip Garrido, that broke my heart,” she said. “You took something that didn’t belong to you.”

“You don’t deserve to live, die, or even exist,” Probyn continued. “You’re selfish, self-satisfying monsters.”

Dugard’s mother concluded by saying: “The only satisfaction I know is that you will never lay eyes on my daughter again.”

The judge also revealed several new details about Dugard’s abduction at the sentencing hearing, saying Phillip Garrido used a Taser to subdue her, then covered her with blankets, took her to a deserted location and hid the car to throw off the search for her.

El Dorado County Superior Judge Douglas Phimister said Garrido had also threatened to stun Dugard again if she ever tried to escape.

“Basically what you did was you took a human being and turned them into a chattel, a piece of furniture, to be used by you at your whim,” Phimister said. “You reinvented slavery, that’s what you did. What you’ve done to this child is beyond horrible.”

Phimister added that the Garridos had “gone shopping” for a young girl to abduct the day they snatched Dugard.

Stephen Tapson, the attorney for Nancy Garrido, said outside of the Placerville courthouse that his client hung her head and wept during the sentencing hearing.

“I’m firm in my conviction that she’s genuinely remorseful … in my view she wants to take it all back and have it not ever have happened at all,” he said.

He read a statement in court on behalf on Nancy Garrido, saying, “Being sorry is not enough. Words cannot express what I did. Every time I look in the mirror it reminds me of how evil I was, I don’t like what I see. I stole your life, Jaycee … there is no excuse for what I did, I did an evil thing.”

Nancy Garrido cared about Jaycee Dugard, Tapson said.

“She loved her,” he said. “They delivered the kids. They were a family – bizarre as that sounds, that’s true.”

Tapson said Nancy Garrido would likely serve her sentence at the women’s prison in Chowchilla, and that Phillip Garrido would probably end up at the state prison in Susanville.

He said he asked in court that the Garridos be allowed to visit each other one final time, but that the judge denied the request.

Both defendants have waived their right to appeal, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.

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

In her statement, 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,” Dugard said in a portion of the statement directed to Nancy Garrido.

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

Dugard was given an opportunity to present the judge 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.

Dugard, who has written a memoir entitled “A Stolen Life” that is set to be published next month, has strived to preserve her privacy since she was identified during a chance meeting with Phillip Garrido’s parole officer.

In justifying a sentence of hundreds of years for Phillip Garrido, District Attorney Vern Pierson said, “I think it’s safe to say a nightmare has come to an end.”

He noted that Dugard spent the first one-and-a-half years after her kidnapping locked in a backyard shed; she also did not leave the backyard for the first four years after her abduction.

Pierson emphasized that Garrido repeatedly raped her over the years and that she bore two children by him.

“Phillip Garrido should have spent the rest of his life in prison for the crimes he committed in 1976. He never should have been allowed back on the street to even have the opportunity to commit the crimes he committed in this case,” Pierson said. Garrido “stole the childhood and innocence from an 11-year-old child. A barely 11-year-old child was abducted off the street for the purpose of being sexually exploited.”

The judge marveled that Garrido was able to get paroled for the 1976 rape and kidnapping conviction after only 11 years, saying the defendant had been able to work the penal system to his advantage.

He called Garrido the “poster child” of a sexual predator beyond rehabilitation.

Phimister also said Garrido continued fooling psychiatrists and parole officers in the years he held Dugard.

As the judge spoke, Garrido remained motionless and stared straight ahead without speaking. His lawyer, Susan Gellman, earlier read a statement on her client’s behalf.

“He has accepted responsibility for his actions and he has done this without any expectation of leniency and has done this because he wanted to spare everyone, especially Miss Dugard and her children, a trial,” Gellman said

Gellman had urged the judge to impose a lighter sentence in light of what she described as Garrido’s significant mental health issues.

“I’m not minimizing what happened in this case. It was a terrible thing that happened here, he is remorseful,” she said. “But one lifetime to me seems to be enough.”

The judge said he recognized that Garrido had psychological problems but said he thought the sentence was appropriate.

Gellman called the 431 years a “headline sentence.”

“I think justice was served by a life sentence, but the number was ridiculous,” she said after the sentencing hearing.

Gellman said Phillip Garrido had been expecting the outcome and had made peace with it, but that he was worried about his wife, with whom he has been exchanging letters while in prison.

Nancy Garrido’s lawyer said she was accepting of her sentence, which offered the potential for parole.

“She said from the get-go, “I don’t want to go to trial, I don’t want to put Jaycee and those kids through that,'” Tapson said.

Dugard was grabbed by Nancy Garrido from the South Lake Tahoe street where her family lived and forced into a car driven by Phillip Garrido on June 10, 1991. The abduction occurred as Dugard’s stepfather watched her walk to a school bus stop.

Authorities have said the couple drove the girl 168 miles south to their home in Antioch and held her prisoner there for the next 18 years, four months and 16 days. At first, she was locked in the shed then confined to a series of tents she would come to share with the daughters fathered by Phillip Garrido and delivered by his wife.

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.

Dugard at first tried to conceal her identity, telling authorities she was hiding from an abusive husband in Minnesota and giving her name as Alyssa, Garrido eventually acknowledged kidnapping her, and Dugard disclosed her identity.

It was UC Berkeley Police Officer Allison Jacobs and her partner who noticed something suspicious about a man and several women passing out literature on the UC Berkeley campus. The officers took them into custody, essentially serving as the catalyst in Dugard’s discovery.

Jacobs was invited by prosecutors to watch Thursday’s sentencing.

“It’s affected me in public, you know, going out obviously, I mean I can’t believe that I’m still recognized wherever I go,” she described how her life has changed since that fateful day. “It’s affected me on the street. People don’t really take me seriously because they see me in the media and they kind of, ‘oh, you’re the Jaycee cop or you’re the Oprah cop.’ No, I’m Officer Jacobs and you’re under arrest.”

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Jacobs stressed that she is proud of Dugard and the way she has worked to overcome her ordeal.

Her reappearance proved a costly embarrassment for California parole officials, who had to explain how a parolee under intensive supervision could live with his victim and have children with her undetected.

The situation existed despite repeated surprise home visits and a woman telling sheriff’s deputies in 2006 that her sex offender neighbor was living with small children.

The state last year paid Dugard a $20 million settlement under which officials acknowledged repeated mistakes were made by parole agents responsible for monitoring Garrido. California has since increased monitoring of sex offenders.

Katie Callaway Hall, one of Garrido’s previous rape victims, attended the sentencing so she could see for herself that he was being put away for the rest of his life.

She said she’s lived in fear ever since he was released from prison following his previous conviction, but that now she finally feels lighter.

“I’ve always said I would never feel safe knowing he’s on this Earth, but 400 years works for me,” she said.

She said that in a way, she is lucky because she was victimized for eight hours instead of 18 years, but that the attack changed her life forever.

“You can say you’ve gotten over it and moved on, but it changes your DNA,” she said.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)


One Comment

  1. Bina says:

    Dugard has every right to feel as she does. I can’t imagine being captive for 18 years, being raped constantly, and then having children in such an awful, harrowing way. It’s sickening. Reasons like this make me wish that California had the death penalty. Yes, maybe she still has her life but she lost her childhood, she lost her adolescence and most importantly she lost her sense of self as an adult and as a woman. How does one move on from such experiences? Both of her kidnappers deserve the same amount of pain and trauma they put Dugard through. They both deserve more than just life sentences. Karma will hopefully prevail in prison.

    1. Eric Domejean says:

      This is the reason why I am glad we do not have the death penalty the fact that this guy will live out the rest of his life in fear of being beaten, raped, stabbed and eventually murdered by other sociopaths.

  2. tn says:

    The others who should be put on trial is the Parole Department. They got paid for over 18 years, and never did their job right. Now the taxpayers have to shell out an additional $20,000,000 to Jaycee due to the administrators’ professional incompetence.

    1. Hector says:

      I agree. The parole officers involved in keeping track of Garrido should all be fired. What a group of inept employees.

  3. Bloodhounds says:

    I couldn’t agree more. CA needs to enforce the death penalty. That poor girl and her two daughters what they lived through and survived. The state should have never let that animal out of prison from his first rape conviction! I also blame the Antioch police dept. for not following up on this creep! Jaycee and her girls could have been rescued years earlier. Kudos to the women officers in Berkeley. If it wasn’t for them Jaycee and her girls would still be living in that horrific situation. I say fry them both! Hopefully the other prisoners will take them out! Justice for Jaycee!

    1. Hector says:

      The Antioch police department had no jurisdiction in the Garrido case. None what so ever. Garrido lived outside of Antioch and was under the jurisdiction of the Contra Costa County sheriffs office. Actually, unless Garrido commit ed an offense, no police officer would actually go to his house. Garrido was on parole, and as a sex offender, he was supposedly visited once a month by a parole officer for the past 18 years. But it looks like the parole officer (out of the Concord office) DID NOT do their JOB. How can a parole officer that is in charge of a sex offender, not see a tent and kids living in the back yard. Even if this tent and shed were hidden, it is the parole officers job to do a complete checkout of his parolees home. These parole officers are apparently really stupid, because even going on Google Earth or Zillow.com, one can see the tents and hidden sheds. FIRE the PAROLE OFFICER in this case immediately!

      1. nunya says:

        Wow… Someone loves the antioch police… calm down dude.. its ok

    2. margot geitheim says:

      The Berkeley police officers (Women!) who broke this case were the real heroines, but also their supervisor might deserve some credit; In my job I often find that supervisors don’t appreciate it when us employees go the extra mile and follow through on our hunches; Many a supervisor wants Results, Results, Results, …. and yet, life is not solved that way. Manipulative criminals can take advantage of this fact, as the Garridos clearly did, time after time. So, major kudos to all the officers involved in cracking this case; Give them huge bonuses that come out of the pay of those who failed for 18 years. Or, if that’s not kosher, then fire the 18 year inept employees, absolutely. And find the money to bonus the heroines. They didn’t do it for the money, … but it’ll show others that following through is valued and rewarded, 100%.

  4. McD says:

    I guess FREE SPEECH means nothing to CBS……….

  5. Roxy Jimenez says:

    i wish that the garridos die a horrible death at the hands of their peers
    they’re monsters!

  6. Maria Smiley says:


  7. Theresa Simon says:

    Both of those disgusting pigs need to be executed. They don’t deserve to live.

  8. Hector says:

    This story still makes my blood boil. How can a convicted sex offender that is on parole and supposedly being visited by parole officers once a month, get away with this for so many years? How can a parole officer be so inept at his job that he never does a full check out of his parolee’s home. Just by looking at google earth or even zillow.com, a person can see an overhead view of his property. I truly believe that the parole officers really were not visiting Garrido. I hope all the parole officers involved with keeping track of Garirdo have been fired.

  9. jim says:

    The real unfotunate this is the LAZY and INCOMPETENT POLICE and PAROLE officers will retire and collect their outrageous pensions. THEY should be fired and receive nothing

  10. Hector says:

    Above Bloodhounds commented on the APD. The Antioch police department had no jurisdiction in the Garrido case. None what so ever. Garrido lived outside of Antioch and was under the jurisdiction of the Contra Costa County sheriffs office. Actually, unless Garrido commit ed an offense, no police officer would actually go to his house. Garrido was on parole, and as a sex offender, he was supposedly visited once a month by a parole officer for the past 18 years. But it looks like the parole officer (out of the Concord office) DID NOT do their JOB. How can a parole officer that is in charge of a sex offender, not see a tent and kids living in the back yard. Even if this tent and shed were hidden, it is the parole officers job to do a complete checkout of his parolees home. These parole officers are apparently really stupid, because even going on Google Earth or Zillow.com, one can see the tents and hidden sheds. FIRE the PAROLE OFFICER in this case immediately!

  11. Sean says:

    I know that money won’t make it go away but I’m glad that Jaycee and her daughters will never need to work if they choose not too. They deserve to live the rest of their lives rich and FREE!

  12. Sofa Kingdom says:

    This article doesn’t mention when he’d be eligible for parole. 4 years maybe?

  13. Trudy Sanders says:

    Good news. “431 years to life” – will he be eligible for parole after 431 years ?
    If so, that’s too soon. Rot in hell. Both of them.

  14. The Truth says:

    This is a prime example of how absurd our society is. We lock away people for drugs left and right (despite us spending trillions of dollars and not making a dent in the “War on Drugs”) and yet go relatively easy on more serious threats such as rapists and child abusers/molesters.

    The inane sentence of 431 years to life is evidence of this. Seriously, stop and think about that for a minute… 431 years to life. It isn’t “life” but “to life.” And 431 years? Really?

    Are we as a society really that pathetic that we can’t simply sentence this guy to “life without parole?” Do we really need to come up with grandiose numbers and pretend that they mean something? If we had only sentenced him to half of that at “215 years to life,” I guess that would have been a sign that we are letting him off easy. (roll eyes)

    I understand that the judge was just following legal protocol already in place, however it is just another example of how daft our legal system can be.


  15. Worried says:

    Does this mean Garrido has a chance of being released in the year 2442?

  16. tn says:

    Now this question: With the post sentencing media interview comments by Garrido’s attorney Stephen Tapson, how does he sleep at night? I’m not sure he really understands what the words “remorsful” and “love” mean to the general population. Meanwhile, the involved probation officers (oxymoron) and administration continue to collect their salaries, pension and promotions, again, at the taxpayers’ expense.

  17. Jenna says:

    Since the Sheriffs and Parole officer sponged off our tax dollars all these years, why should the people pay for their laziness? They should be in prison for being an accomplice to this horrendous crime. I sent a comment but not sure if it went out, but the kidnapper is a total genetic mistake and if a life sentence really doesnt mean for life, as they always get out , then what the heck is 4x that? 44 years max? Perhaps he can be jailed alongside his parole officer and the sheriff that “laughed it off, when the neighbor called to inform them of the children living in a sex offenders home. I certainly dont want to hear the amount of money these incompetant State employees will receive or allready have. No wonder our nation is in such an enourmous deficit. How would they feel had it happened to their child? They should have treated that case as if it was their own child. I bet they would have looked beyond the front door step. The mother, the Stepfather – even to think he was being questioned about his innocense – My heart goes out to this man, and the neighbor who will wonder what else she could have, should have done to insist they check (hopefully she knows, she is the ice that cracked the case and not feel any quilt for their lack of job performance, are all victims as well and I say anything is too lenient for the pair.

  18. tn says:

    Sidebar question: Who paid for Garrido’s facial mole removal (that used to be on his nose, near his eye)? I hope us taxpayers didn’t also have to foot that bill, just like the $20,000,000 “our state” paid for the incompetence of the state corrections department (what a misnomer).

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