EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS) – CBS recently got an inside account of Nancy Garrido’s life behind bars now that she has begun serving a sentence for her involvement in the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard.
The former nursing assistant is now paying the price for the 18-year imprisonment Dugard endured, and is asking her attorney for help staying in contact with her husband Phillip.
Nancy Garrido’s attorney, Stephen Tapson, received a letter from the convict a few days ago – and on Tuesday, she called his office.
“Other than some slurs from fellow inmates, she’s doing okay,” said Tapson.
Nancy said she is both getting harassed and making friends. Tapson said she’s currently living in a cell alone, but able to talk back and forth through the bars with fellow inmates.
“I’m doing fine. It’s a rude awakening here. So far, I’ve met some really nice ladies. Please give Phillip my information,” she said, referring to her husband, who will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crimes against Dugard.
“She still loves him. Whatever you say, she’s in love with him,” said Tapson. “She wants to contact him, obviously.”
Staying in contact with her husband is the most important thing to Nancy Garrido, along with getting back her wedding ring. The El Dorado County Jail wouldn’t allow her take it to state prison, so Tapson is going to mail it to her.
Tapson collected Nancy’s belongings from the jail last week. Among the possessions is her Bible. In it, certain passages are highlighted – including one from the first book of Kings: “God please let this child’s life return to him.”
Tapson also has some 200 letters from Phillip to Nancy. Phillip wrote mainly about God, and his love for her. For now, they’re in a paper bag until Tapson decides what to do with them.
“They love each other. So whatever you say about that how bizarre that is and how stupid that is, that’s the way it is,” he said.
Tapson said the California Department of Corrections is still determining whether Nancy should be in protective custody. He believes she should be, at least until the prison system has time to see how other inmates will adjust to her arrival.
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