SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney in the case of a Northern California girl held captive for 18 years said Monday he expects defendant Phillip Garrido to plead guilty to all charges and his wife to go to trial unless she gets a better plea deal.

Lawyer Stephen Tapson, who represents defendant Nancy Garrido, said her husband will likely make the guilty plea on Thursday at a pretrial conference.

“Unless some hitch develops, I’m 99 percent sure Phil will `plead to the sheet’ and possibly be sentenced at the same time if (the) judge has figured out the correct number of hundreds of years,” Tapson said, explaining he learned of the development from discussions with a lawyer for Phillip Garrido and the prosecutor in the case.

Public defender Susan Gellman, who represents Phillip Garrido, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson declined to comment.

The Garridos are each charged with 18 felony counts of false imprisonment, rape and child pornography.

They are accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive until their arrest in August 2009.

Attorneys on all sides had said they wanted to avoid trial so Dugard did not have to testify, but that now seems unlikely, Tapson said.

“Nancy never wanted her to have to testify,” said Tapson. “She said that long ago and wanted a reasonable sentence, which the district attorney has rejected now.”

Tapson said the initial offer to his 55-year-old client was 40 to 50 years in prison, which meant she could likely get out after 30 years.

But prosecutor Pierson has said Tapson’s comments asking for compassion for Nancy Garrido were offensive.

Phillip Garrido’s maximum sentence in the case would be 563 years to life.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (19)
  1. ed says:

    torture and execute both of them they took a little girl
    and did bad things to her….robbed her of a childhood
    made her have babies etc. COME ON..don’t give them
    ‘deals”……..”an eye for an eye” comes to mind

    1. THEY"RE GUILTY! says:

      Ed! You’re a genious! I agree with you 100%. If it were my child, I’d want them BOTH turned over to me. I assure you…forgive and forget would NOT be my motto.

    2. Barbara Robbins says:

      Execute them!!!!!

  2. mh says:

    What does Jaycee want? That should be the deciding factor.

  3. PB says:

    They took plea deals to keep from going to trial and possibly getting the death penalty. What is that about?? Why do they have a right to a plea deal. Jaycee didn’t hve any rights when she was kidnapped,raped and made to bare children with this monster. OMG this makes me SO mad. Rot in HELL Nancy and Phillip!!!!!!!!

  4. Justice... says:

    Amen… give Jaycee what she wants… then send them to prison and paste “child molester” tags on their cells for all their neighbors to see.

  5. Arnie says:

    DEAL??? You gotta be kidding! That’s like dealing with the devil!

  6. greg says:

    Folks in prison follow cases like this. There are unwritten rules in penitentiaries where if you break them (like severely violating a child, murdering a pregnant woman and fetus, etc) that’ll make you a target once you get locked behind bars. Hopefully, angry prisoners have access to them and the prison guards don’t do their job.

    1. Simplysarcastic says:

      “hopefully angry prisoners get to them and the guards don’t do their jobs”

      In other words, keep the prisons the way they are and justice will be served.

  7. simplysarcastic says:

    The only plea deal either one of these low lives should get is the choice between the needle our the gas chamber. 30 year plea deal…. REALLY?

  8. Tina M. Lopes-arteaga says:

    i strongly agree “what does the victim want”? and only 30 years for the wife come on now, she/they have ruined a lil girls hope and future of a normal life.

  9. P.J. TwainHarte says:

    He won’t last long in the joint. He’ll be an easy trophy for someone.

  10. Thomas Bist says:

    what is wrong with the DA in El dorado county both should get life without the possibility of parole. what they did is so damaging that I believe they will never recover for what was done to them. I guess with El Dorado County you can do the crime but you don’t have to do the time . The D>A’s office should have a shake up and get rid of all involved in this case

  11. scopedope says:

    Too bad it’s not a death penalty case. However, he should be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Then hopefully his fellow convicts will know how to dealwith the POS!

  12. Zaridoria says:

    Nancy should fry with her husband. Compassion? What has she done to earn compassion?

  13. Skinner says:

    Put it on the next state wide ballot. Oh never mind, this is the “Granola State”. Nut, Fruits and Flakes. These would be the same Californians who think it OK to “smoke drugs” thinking its good for them. Remember 95% of drug abuse starts with marijuana.

  14. jeff kocher says:

    This is just another disgrace too the good people in this country. A plea deal with garbage is nothing less then a joke. Now my state which is already so far in the red will get to pay millions of dollars to care for this garbage. Well at least he will be able to go to college . My kids can’t afford it because I got laid off. So in closing I’ll just say thanks again American justice system for dropping the ball again.

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