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Tuesday
Aug022011

Phillip Garrido's Release Spurs California DA to Seek Parole Changes

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty Images(EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif.) -- Vern Pierson, the California DA who put away Phillip Garrido for abducting and raping Jaycee Dugard, released two videos Tuesday that show in chilling detail how Garrido and his wife went about luring young girls into their twisted orbit. The videos, he says, demonstrate why the laws need to be changed to keep violent felons from getting out of jail too soon.

One video is of Nancy Garrido, Phillip Garrido's wife, coaxing a young girl to do gymnastics in the couple's van. Nancy is filming the girl, and the purpose of the video is to show it to Phillip Garrido for his gratification.

"That's it. Can you go all the way down?" Nancy Garrido is heard telling a little girl lured into the van where a camera was set up to record her.

When the girl says she can go down farther, Nancy Garrido coaxes, "Let me see, I bet you can go down really easy."

With the girl eager to show off, Nancy Garrido gets her to do more.

"You didn't show me your split, did you? Let me see it now," she says in a sweet voice.

At one point the girl notices the camera recording her and asks about the light on the camera. "Oh, I don't know anything about that camera. You know what I got?" Nancy Garrido chirps, quickly changing the subject.

The second video is of Nancy Garrido being interrogated by an investigator from the El Dorado County Sherriff's Department about how many times she has done this. The answer: between 10 and 20 times.

Pierson, who is District Attorney for El Dorado County, said he is upset that Phillip Garrido got out of jail after serving only 11 years of a 50-year sentence for a previous kidnapping and rape. That left him free to kidnap Dugard.

But Pierson said a big issue in the Garrido case was an "overreliance upon psychiatric professionals who were all too willing to listen to what Phillip Garrido was telling them and ignore the documented evidence that overwhelmingly established that he is a sexual predator."

Something very bad has happened to the law in the state of California regarding parole, Pierson said.

"Since 2008, when the State Parole Board is deciding whether to release an offender, they don't look at the initial crime the offender committed. Instead they look at how he or she has been coping in jail and the predictions provided by psychologists and psychiatrists about the offender's danger to the community."

Pierson wants the parole board to look at the seriousness of the initial offense when trying to determine whether to release someone on parole.

He released a report Tuesday with findings concerning the facts and circumstances of the Jaycee Dugard case. Garrido was convicted of kidnapping and raping Dugard, holding her for 18 years. Despite his record of violent crimes Garrido is still considered by the state to be a "moderate to low risk for reoffending."

Pierson is working with State Sen. Ted Gaines, a Republican, to change the existing law. They are working on a new bill to introduce to the legislature next week which would permit parole boards to look at the seriousness of the committing offense in parole decisions.

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Friday
Jun172011

Jaycee Dugard Kidnapper in Same Prison Unit as Charles Manson

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty Images(SACRAMENTO) -- Phillip Garrido, the man convicted of kidnapping, raping and holding Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years, arrived at California’s Corcoran State Prison Thursday to begin serving a sentence of 431 years to life.

The 60-year-old Garrido, who was given the name “Creepy Phil” by his neighbors in the town of Antioch, will be housed in a protective unit that is also home to cult murderer Charles Manson.

“Creepy Phil” and “Crazy Charlie” are in a Protective Housing Unit for inmates whose safety, according to the California Department of Corrections, “would be endangered by general population placement.”

Phillip Garrido’s wife, Nancy Garrido, is now at a California women’s prison, serving a sentence of 36 years to life.

Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old in 1991 when the Garridos snatched her off the street and forced her to live in a backyard compound made of sheds and tents.  She was sexually assaulted by Garrido for years and gave birth to two daughters while in captivity.

Dugard was freed in August 2009.  She has a memoir due out next month.

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Thursday
Jun022011

Garridos Sentenced to Life in Prison for Jaycee Dugard Abduction

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty Images(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) -- The California couple who kidnapped then-11-year-old Jaycee Dugard from her home in 1991 and held her captive for 18 years was sentenced Thursday in a California courtroom.

The judge on Thursday sentenced Phillip Garrido, 60, to the maximum sentence of 431 years to life in prison, according to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV. His wife, Nancy, was sentenced to 36 years to life.

In a statement read in the courtroom by her mother, Terry Probyn, Dugard said, "I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence."

Phillip and Nancy Garrido pled guilty to various kidnapping and sexual assault charges on April 28.  They were arrested in August 2009, when Dugard, then 29 and living under an assumed name, accompanied Philip Garrido to a meeting with his parole officer.

Garrido had been called in to meet with his parole officer after acting suspiciously on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley.  Dugard brought along to the meeting two young children that Garrido had fathered with her.  Under questioning, she broke, dropping the façade Garrido had forced her to use for 18 years and admitted she had been kidnapped.

Investigators later uncovered a secret encampment guarded by a six-foot fence in the Garridos' backyard in which Dugard was kept captive.

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Thursday
Jun022011

Couple Who Kidnapped Jaycee Dugard Being Sentenced

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty ImagesUPDATE: The judge on Thursday sentenced Phillip Garrido, 60, to the maximum sentence of 431 years to life in prison, according to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV. His wife, Nancy, was sentenced to 36 years to life.

(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) -- The California couple who kidnapped then-11-year-old Jaycee Dugard from her home in 1991 and held her captive for 18 years will be sentenced Thursday in a California courtroom.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido pled guilty to various kidnapping and sexual assault charges on April 28.  They were arrested in August 2009, when Dugard, then 29 and living under an assumed name, accompanied Philip Garrido to a meeting with his parole officer.

Garrido had been called in to meet with his parole officer after acting suspiciously on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley.  Dugard brought along to the meeting two young children that Garrido had fathered with her.  Under questioning, she broke, dropping the façade Garrido had forced her to use for 18 years and admitted she had been kidnapped.

Investigators later uncovered a secret encampment guarded by a six-foot fence in the Garridos' backyard in which Dugard was kept captive.

Both Phillip and Nancy Garrido could be sentenced to life in prison.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Phillip, Nancy Garrido Plead Guilty to Jaycee Dugard Kidnapping

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty Images(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) -- The California couple who kidnapped Jaycee Dugard in 1991 before holding her captive for 18 years pled guilty Thursday to various kidnapping and sexual assault charges.

Phillip Garrido pled guilty to kidnapping and to all sexual allegations against him, as well as to all priors and enhancements. He faces a maximum sentence of 431 years to life in prison.

His wife, Nancy Garrido, pled guilty to kidnapping and one count of rape by force. The Sacramento Bee reported she was expected to serve just 31 years under a plea deal that was contingent upon her husband’s guilty plea.

"Were it not for Jaycee’s strong cooperation with our office and the prosecution of the Garridos, we would not have been able to firmly stand by our position to take this case to jury trial," said El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson. "Jaycee’s courage and willingness to confront her abductors in court directly led to the Defendants’ plea and life sentences.”

Phillip and Nancy Garrido will be sentenced June 2.

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Friday
Apr082011

Jaycee Dugard's Alleged Kidnapper Pleads Not Guilty

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty Images(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) -- Phillip Garrido now says he's not guilty in the alleged kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 years old.  Prosecutors maintain Garrido fathered Dugard's two children during the two decades they say she was his captive.

This development stunned the courtroom in Placerville, California Thursday after it was widely reported that Garrido would plead guilty.

He and his wife, Nancy Garrido, are accused of abducting Dugard from her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991 and keeping her prisoner until investigators discovered the alleged victim's whereabouts last summer.

Garrido's wife is separately awaiting her own trial, unless she gets a better deal from El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson.

Dugard, now 30, has already said she would testify against Phillip and Nancy Garrido if the case went to trial.

The next hearing for the two suspects is scheduled in May, with a trial set for the Garridos on August 1.

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Monday
Feb282011

Lawyer: Garridos Confess to Kidnapping Jaycee Dugard

File: Released kidnapping victim, Jaycee Dugard, on her way to the "Rose Parade" before her 1991 ordeal. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) -- The California couple accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and keeping her prisoner in their home for 18 years made "full confessions" to police, a defense attorney involved in the case said Monday.

Stephen Tapson, the lawyer representing Nancy Garrido, told reporters that she and her husband Phillip Garrido admitted last month to snatching the girl off the street near her home in South Lake Tahoe in 1991. The lawyer described the admission as "full confessions."

Despite the alleged confession, Nancy Garrido, 55, hasn't changed her plea. She pleaded not guilty last November to 18 felony counts that include false imprisonment, rape and child pornography.

Phillip Garrido was due to enter a plea Monday, but his public defender asked that the arraignment be postponed to March 17. His lawyer Susan Gellman did not return calls for comment to confirm whether her client also confessed.

Tapson told reporters that Dugard was present during one of Nancy Garrido's interviews with police. That meeting was apparently the first time the two women had seen each other in person since the couple was arrested in 2009.

Nancy Seltzer, spokeswoman for Jaycee Dugard, would not confirm her client's presence at the interview or comment on Tapson's announcement.

Also Monday, the judge ruled that Phillip Garrido's psychological records could not be made public. Earlier this month he was ruled mentally competent to stand trial.

The Garridos were arrested in August 2009, when Jaycee, then 29 and living under an assumed name, accompanied Philip Garrido to a meeting with his parole officer. Garrido had been called in to meet with his parole officer after acting suspiciously on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley. Dugard brought along to the meeting two young children that Garrido had fathered with her. Under questioning she broke, dropping the façade Garrido had forced her to use for 18 years and admitted she had been kidnapped.

Investigators later uncovered a secret encampment guarded by a six-foot fence in the Garridos' backyard in which Dugard was kept captive.

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