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Jaycee Lee Dugard Receives Justice for Her 18-Year Kidnap Ordeal

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    An officer prepares to escort Phillip Garrido (R) out of the courtroom after receiving his sentence in Placerville, California June 2, 2011. The Phillip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped and held Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years. Phillip received a 431 years to life sentence, while Nancy received 36 years to life.
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    Jaycee Dugard's aunt Tina Dugard (L) comforts Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn (C), as she reads a statement from Jaycee Dugard at the sentencing hearing for Phillip and Nancy Garrido (R) in Placerville, California June 2, 2011. The Garridos kidnapped and held Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years. Phillip received a 431 years to life sentence, while Nancy received 36 years to life.
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By Ariel R. Rey, Christian Post Reporter
June 2, 2011|7:07 pm

Nancy and Phillip Garrido were sentenced Thursday for raping and kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard.

They pleaded guilty for kidnapping and repeatedly raping Dugard for 18 years, during which she gave birth to two daughters, now ages 13 and 17.

Phillip Garrido, 60, was sentenced to 431 years of life and his wife Nancy was sentenced to 36 years.

During the trial, Dugard’s mother, Terry Probyn, read a statement on the victim’s behalf expressing her pain for robbing Dugard of 18 years of her life.

"I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence. Everything you ever did to me was wrong and I hope one day you will see that."

"I hated every second of every day for 18 years," she wrote. “There is no God in the universe who would condone your actions. You stole my life and that of my family.”

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Probyn then spoke about her pain and suffering when her daughter was taken from her. “I thought I was going insane,” she said, adding, “My baby was gone.”

“I hate you both,” she added.

Meanwhile the judge said, “What you did to this child is beyond horrible. May you think long and hard about what you did.”

He described their evil actions as having “reinvented slavery.”

Now, the 31-year-old victim lives in a private location in Northern California. She was rescued in 2009.

Phillip Garrido kidnapped Dugard while she was waiting for the school bus in 1991. During her horrible ordeal, she lived in a “backyard within a backyard.”

She was discovered when campus police at University of California, Berkeley noticed something suspicious about a man with two young girls distributing flyers advertising a religious event.

They ran a background check on the man and found that he had past offenses: a rape and kidnapping conviction from 1971.

Dugard has written a memoir, A Stolen Life, set to publish July 12. According to CBS affiliate KOVR, the audiobook is recorded by Dugard herself.

According to the publishing company, Simon and Schuster, the book will give full details of her story since her abduction in 1991 when she was 11 years old.

 

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