Guilty pleas in Jaycee Dugard kidnapping

Both Phillip and Nancy Garrido have pleaded guilty in Jaycee Dugard’s abduction. Neither have been sentenced yet, but Phillip faces up to 431 years in prison and Nancy, 36 years to life. They will most certainly die in prison — probably in solitary, because I’m sure the other inmates would turn on them.

I’m glad about this; it seems like the best thing for all parties involved. Jaycee and her children (now aged 13 and 16) won’t have to testify. And it wasn’t a long drawn out case; it moved about as fast as you can expect in our sluggish criminal justice system. Whereas in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, it was six years before Wanda Barzee was sentenced and seven before Brian David Mitchell was sentenced. Of course, a lot of the reason for that was that Barzee and Mitchell were both psychotic, but it’s still rather harrowing for Elizabeth and her family, hanging in limbo all that time.

This article says Jaycee is writing her memoirs. I would totally read them when they come out. I have read the memoirs of Belgian kidnap victim Sabine Dardenne, but have yet to get around to Natascha Kampusch’s 3,096 Days.

12 thoughts on “Guilty pleas in Jaycee Dugard kidnapping

  1. Marlene April 28, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    I had a feeling they would plead guilty. No one would acquit them and it spares the family a long, horrible trial. they will almost certainly spend the rest of their lives in solitary. One way or another they will die in prison…

  2. Celeste April 28, 2011 / 10:26 pm

    Hopefully Jaycee and her kids can get on with their lives and be free of these two on the off chance that one of both of them will be elegible for parole and that’s very unlikely to happen at all. 😦

  3. marycarney April 28, 2011 / 11:48 pm

    I wish they could also be kept in a shed in the backyeard, and forced to endure childbirth -twice- without any medical assistance – like she did. THAT would be a fitting punishment.

  4. Justin April 29, 2011 / 1:50 am

    I’d like to think that they would die in prison, but laws get changed. Anyone remember serial killer Coral Eugene Watts? When he was sentenced, everyone thought he would die in prison, but he was going to be released until people scrambled to convict him of another murder to keep that from happening.

    • Meaghan April 29, 2011 / 6:54 am

      Watts wasn’t convicted of murder the first time around, though, but for a series of thefts.

  5. Jaime April 29, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    I was hoping they would hve learned something about Michaela Garecht’s kidnapping. Although I am happy that Jaycee and her daughters wont have to testify. Nancy claimed she didnt know anything about any other abducted children but Phillip has yet to talk about any other cases of missing children. Besides he was living less then 20 miles from the site of Michaela Garechts kidnapping at the time in some half way house.

    • Celeste April 29, 2011 / 7:57 pm

      That’s what I was thinking Jaime. Mechaela Garecht, Ilene Mishellhoff, Amanda Campbell, and Amber Schwartz Garcia too. Their families deserve to know what happened to their daughters too.

      • Jaime April 29, 2011 / 8:50 pm

        The Garridos say their sorry for what they have done and pleaded for lenciency then why havent they talked about any of these other cases?

      • Meaghan April 29, 2011 / 8:51 pm

        I doubt Garrido was involved in the abductions of the younger girls — Amanda and Amber. He seems to prefer older ones.

  6. Jaime April 29, 2011 / 11:15 pm

    He probably wasnt involved with Amanda’s and he certainly wasnt involved with Amber’s abduction. I believe he was still in prison when Amber went missing, but part of any plea deal should have involved him coughing up proof that he wasnt involved with Michaela or Ilene’s abductions. Although Nancy and Phil did make child pornography of a 5 year old girl after kidnapping Jaycee. So maybe he was involved with her abduction, not likely, but the possibility remains open.

  7. Celeste May 2, 2011 / 2:49 am

    Didn’t Garrido get out in 1987? Both Amber and Machelea went missing in 1988. Ilene went missing in 1989. Amanda and Jaycee went missing in 1991 so it’s all speculative of course but with Garrido’s record it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he did have something to do with Amber, Machelea, Ilene, and Amanda’s disappearances because it seems odd that there are a number of missing girls, all under the age of 12, who disappeared without a trace. 😦

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