Garridos Confess to Kidnapping Jaycee Dugard

Lawyer hopes Nancy will avoid life sentence
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2011 8:44 AM CST
Phillip, Nancy Garrido Confess to Kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard
This undated photo provided by her stepfather William Carl Probyn shows Jaycee Lee Dugard.   (AP Photo/William Carl Probyn via the Orange County Register)

Phillip and Nancy Garrido have confessed to kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard and holding her for 18 years, Nancy's defense attorney says. The confession was made in an effort to reduce Nancy's sentence, the Los Angeles Times reports: Authorities have offered her a plea deal of nearly 242 years to life, but her attorney says 20 to 30 years is more appropriate. "She's guilty, obviously, of kidnapping and a bunch of other charges," but "as far as being involved in any of the sexual stuff, she wasn't," he says.

"She should be able to walk on the beach, probably with a walker, at some point in time before she dies," he adds. Phillip is facing 440 years to life. Nancy's attorney says the couple met with investigators and gave a "full confession" within the last month. Before meeting Phillip, Nancy "had a normal life," her lawyer says. Then she got "enthralled" with Phillip, who was serving a 50-year sentence for kidnapping and rape, and got "in his grasp." Her lawyer says they will argue at trial that "she was under his thumb ... he's a master manipulator." (Read more Nancy Garrido stories.)

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