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PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Jaycee Dugard refused to “waste another second” in the presence of the married couple she said stole her life.

She didn’t want to be in a northern California courtroom Thursday as 60-year-old Phillip Garrido, the serial sex offender who kidnapped, raped and held her captive for 18 years, was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison and his wife, Nancy, 55, was given a decades-long sentence.

The feelings the 31-year-old victim had never been able to express while she was held prisoner did make it into court.

“I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence,” Dugard said in a statement read aloud by her mother, the first public comments about her experience since police found her 22 months ago. “As I think of all of those years I am angry because you stole my life and that of my family.”

>> Full Grand Jury Testimony: Jaycee Lee Dugard (.pdf; 20MB)

“Everything you have ever done to me has been wrong and someday I hope you can see that,” she wrote, directing her words to Phillip Garrido. “I hated every second of everyday of 18 years because of you and the sexual perversion you forced on me.”

Her mother had her own words for the couple: “The only satisfaction I know is that you will never lay eyes on my daughter again.”

Dugard was 11 when she was abducted by the couple as her stepfather watched her walk toward a school bus near her South Lake Tahoe home in June 1991. They held her captive in a secret backyard compound. She gave birth to two daughters, the first when she was 14, fathered by Phillip Garrido.

The couple, dressed in orange jumpsuits, made no eye contact with anyone and kept their heads down as the letter was read.

Phillip Garrido’s lawyer read a statement on his behalf in court, saying that he agreed with Dugard and did not expect any leniency.

“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,” lawyer Susan Gellman said.

Gellman urged the judge to impose a lighter sentence, citing what she described as Garrido’s “significant mental health issues.”

Judge Douglas Phimister revealed several new details about Dugard’s abduction, saying that Phillip Garrido used a Taser to subdue her and threatened to stun her again if she 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,” the judge said. “You reinvented slavery, that’s what you did.”

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

The judge also accused Phillip Garrido of feigning mental illness in the days before he was arrested by telling people that he was able to speak to God through a black box. He said Garrido did this because he was finding it increasingly difficult to keep Dugard and her daughters in the “cocoon” he created.

“This is the potential problem you ran into when the family unit you believed existed started to fall apart,” Phimister said.

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

Phimister said Garrido continued fooling psychologists, psychiatrists and parole officers in the years he held Dugard and had even persuaded probation officers who prepared his presentencing report that he posed only a low-to-moderate risk as a future sexual predator.

“I think Mr. Garrido qualifies as a poster child for a sexual predator,” the judge quipped, saying he was disregarding the probation report.

As the judge spoke, Garrido remained motionless and stared straight ahead without speaking.

Phimister imposed the maximum possible sentence of 431 years to life on Garrido. The judge said he recognized that Garrido had psychological problems but said he thought the sentence he worked out was appropriate.

Garrido had pleaded guilty to kidnapping and 13 sexual assault charges, including rape and committing lewd acts captured on video.

His plea was part of a deal with prosecutors that saw Nancy Garrido sentenced to 36 years to life after pleading guilty to kidnapping and rape. The deal was designed, in part, to spare Dugard and her children from having to testify at a trial.

Her defense lawyer, Stephen Tapson, read a statement for her. “Being sorry is not enough. Words cannot express my remorse for what I did. I stole her childhood,” the statement said. “When I walk by a mirror, I hate what I see.”

After Nancy Garrido was sentenced, the judge rejected her lawyer’s request that she be allowed to see her husband sentenced and ordered her removed from the courtroom. She said “I love you” to Phillip Garrido as sheriff’s deputies whisked her away.

Prosecutors have said that Dugard spent the first one-and-a-half years after her kidnapping locked in a backyard shed. Then, she was confined to a series of tents she would come to share with the daughters and delivered by his wife.

She did not leave the backyard for the first four years after her abduction.

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.

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.

Dugard, who has written a memoir set to be published next month, has strived to preserve her privacy since she was found.

Her mother, Terry Probyn, told the Garridos in her court comments that Dugard’s daughters, ages 16 and 13, “know what you did to their mother. They realize your backyard was a prison and understand your filthy, despicable secret. They are aware that they have been deceived and I am here to tell you that there is no love lost.”

In her own statement, Dugard said she was doing well now.

And she told the Garridos: “You do not matter anymore.”

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

Comments (17)
  1. Jeff says:

    hey, its great news and everything, but come on guys, i was right in the middle of price is right, they had just spun the wheel, and you interrupt 9 of the last 15 minutes to let me know that a prove kidnapper and rapist was going to jail. hey, thanks a lot cbs 13 news.

  2. grim reaper says:

    won’t live for 431 years, stupid sentencing length, hang em and save the taxpayers money.

  3. grim reaper says:

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

    Unproven, he knew what he was doing, ok liberal defense attorney!

    1. concerned reader says:

      Give Garrido, Nancy, and Gellman lethal injections! All of ’em!

  4. nomojc says:

    And Jaycee didn’t even thank the taxpayers for the 20 million………..

    1. ZIG4dot says:

      Why should she? She will have to live the rest of her life with this horror due to the parole agent(s) assigned to the offender( the Garridos) The tax money also went to the officers and other officials to check up on Garrido for many years, they did not do their job, If anything, those individuals were NOT DOING THEIR JOB….Get rid of those lazy P.O.’s and hire somebody that is competent

  5. M says:

    NOMOJC,Why should Jaycee thank the taxpayers for anything? That is absolute cruelty to suggest such a thing.
    You didnt spend 18 years being RAPED likely day in and day out by this creepy old man. She lost her virginity to him, forced to have two children by him, things we expect to do as a choice in our lives. Not only that, it was ongoing in part because of the California system being broken.
    How callous.Her and her children will likely need ongoing counselling for a lifetime. Her children have to live knowing they were products of their mothers repeated sexual victimization. In addition, they were not able to attend school, and therefore she was robbed of a livelyhood as an adult.
    Would you ask this family to sit on welfare instead?
    I wish her family nothing but peace and I consider MY portion of the bill as JUSTICE well done.

  6. Jen Lawson says:

    The prisoners will give him a welcome to the slammer party and take care of him. Leave him alone for a few mintues and he will be DEAD. Now Jacyee can have peace, as for the 20 million she’s gonna need it.

    1. katie says:

      I wish that would happen. It won’t because he’ll get solitary confinement because he’ll always be in danger. And we taxpayers will pay extra for his special guard.

  7. Shar says:

    He should have gotten 500 years for all I care – I hope the wierdo’s in jail do to him what he did to Jaycee. His wife should have gotten more time. Jaycee, if you read this, I am so proud that through all this you are an articulate young lady and I know you love your children. You are strong and have a beautiful spirit.

  8. concerned reader says:

    This case is a good place to start utilizing the death penalty again! WE NEED TO START SETTING EXAMPLES!

  9. John Munyer says:

    Send ’em in…Bubba’s waiting !!

  10. Yvonne Horgeshimer says:

    i was kidnapped along with my 4 month old preemie son for 2 years by an ex convict and wish i had half a million, my son developed a spine disease along with lots of suffering and i have no thyroid gland because of it …but I’m happy for her now

  11. katie says:

    Fantastic. I am so happy that I, a taxpayer, will support them for the rest of their lives. Where the heck is the justice here? They should be forced to pay their own way. All convicts should. No pay – no medical care, food or shelter. Just like those of us who don’t commit crimes. The system is so broken.

  12. david says:

    Dont waste all the bread and potatoes at tax payers expense. Just put him against the wall and shoot him.

  13. Ginger Reese says:

    let’s feed the prisoners sandwiches three times a day. A let’s keep them in their cells 23 hours a day. If we made prisons and locked the prisoners up23 hours a day and fed them sndwihes three times a day maybe they wouldn’tlike going their. Thety shoud have the same medical care that Jaycee had for her child birth. The prisners get better care than the ones on Medi Cal get. It should be basic care. No hormorns, No sex changes, No transplants. They should be on the bottom of any lists. Hw about what Arizona did Tent prisons in the desert & pink uniforms.

  14. KatBallou Lotta says:

    Is anyone else disturbed by the voyeuristic questions the reporters were asking not only the defense attorneys, but also the District Attorney? And why did they go to the trouble and expense of hiring their own attorney to fight for access to the entire transcript instead of what this judge graciously granted –meant to protect this young woman who lived in constant hell from the time she was only 11, now with 2 daughters of her own who are entitled to protection from further pain and suffering, further exploitation via our polluted, anti-compassionate, blood-thirsty reporters. That blood in the water these reporters smell is Jaycee’s and her 2 daughters’. But those questions, those statements of entitlement to the most gory details of Jaycee’s and her daughters’ abuse would serve no decent, humanitarian, Christian or other religious faith’s compassionate end. Those people want full access to the most intimate details of years of torture so they can force Jaycee and her daughters to revisit, with all the humiliating, horrific and heinous details – to what end? So that other sociopaths, psychotics can share, 2nd hand, the diseased thoughts and twisted “pleasures” Garrido and his wife experienced throughout all those years they tortured and terrorized Jaycee and her children? SHAME ON YOU! Have you no integrity, no more soul than the Garridos, themselves? Further exploitation, via these venomous reporters should be against the law – as any other child pornography is. And that, among other crimes, is what they should be charged with. What if those were YOUR children, grandchildren? You disgust me. Only another person as sick as them would care to read about these morbid details. You reporters fighting to read and disclose this info? You disgust me.

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