Jaycee Dugard’s accused kidnapper set for plea: lawyer

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California man accused of abducting 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in 1991 and holding her captive for 18 years will plead guilty this week, a lawyer for his wife and co-defendant said on Monday.

Phillip Garrido, 59, has agreed to plead guilty under a deal with prosecutors that will avoid a trial but likely send him to prison for life, attorney Steve Tapson, who represents Nancy Garrido, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“He wants to not put Jaycee through a trial and he wants to help Nancy and he’s already confessed to it anyway,” Tapson said.

Tapson said Nancy Garrido, 55, was still set to stand trial despite his efforts to negotiate a plea deal that would spare her a life prison term.

Prosecutors declined to comment on the case and a public defender appointed to represent Phillip Garrido was in court on Monday afternoon and could not be reached.

The Garridos are charged with snatching Dugard, then 11, from a street near her South Lake Tahoe home on June 10, 1991 and holding her captive in a squalid compound behind their home near Antioch for nearly two decades.

Authorities say Phillip Garrido fathered two girls with Dugard and kept them concealed until the convicted rapist aroused the suspicion of police while proselytizing at a college campus.

Dugard’s rescue at the age of 29 made international headlines.

Tapson said both Garridos had given “full confessions” to El Dorado County authorities.

He said Nancy Garrido should be shown some mercy by the court because she has no prior criminal record and was under her husband’s sway at the time of the abduction.

The couple met at the federal prison in Leavenworth, where Phillip Garrido was serving time for rape and Nancy was visiting another prisoner.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb)

Jaycee Dugard’s accused kidnapper set for plea: lawyer