Phillip and Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty today to charges that they kidnapped Jaycee Dugard in 1991, sexually assaulted her and held her captive for 18 years, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. The pleas were entered during a last-minute court appearance this morning in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville. Phillip Garrido pleaded guilty to kidnapping and to 13 counts of sexual assault as well as enhancements for having prior convictions for rape and kidnapping. He will be sentenced June 2 to a maximum of 431 years to life in prison, according to the district attorney’s office. Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to kidnapping, one count of rape by force and to several enhancements. She will be sentenced with her husband on June 2 to 36 years to life in prison. Both defendants have waived their right to appeal, according to the district attorney’s office. “The enormity of the defendants’ actions has caused tremendous pain and suffering to Jaycee, her mother Terry Probyn, and their family,” a statement from District Attorney Vern Peirson said. “With a guilty plea by both defendants, Terry, Jaycee, and her children can now be spared the grief and trauma of having to be dragged into the court process and testify at a jury trial.” The couple admitted in December that they kidnapped Dugard from in front of her South Lake Tahoe home when she was 11 years old and held her captive in the back yard of their home just outside of Antioch for 18 years. During that time, Dugard gave birth to two daughters fathered by Garrido.
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