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April 28, 2011

Notable sentencing terms in plea deals for high-profile abducting couple

This story, headlined "Garridos plead guilty in Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case," reports on today's plea in a high-profile abduction case out of California.  I found the sentencing particulars blogworthy:

A married couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 and holding her captive for nearly 20 years pleaded guilty to their crimes Thursday under an agreement that calls for life sentences.

Phillip Garrido, 60, and his wife, Nancy, 55, entered their pleas in an El Dorado County courtroom. They faced 29 charges of kidnapping and sexual assault.  Phillip Garrido repeatedly raped Dugard and fathered two daughters with her while confining her to a backyard warren of tents and soundproof sheds in their rural home in an unincorporated section of Antioch.

Under the plea deal, Phillip Garrido will be sentenced on June 2, with a maximum possible sentence of 431 years to life in prison.  Prosecutors said he waived his right to appeal.

Nancy Garrido, who helped snatch the girl in 1991 and later helped deliver the babies her husband fathered with Dugard, pleaded guilty in return for a sentence of 25 years to life, in addition to 11 more years.  Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to kidnapping and one count of rape by force in addition to other charges....

The plea deal makes Nancy Garrido eligible for parole in 31 years, but [El Dorado County District Attorney Vern] Pierson said he was "confident she will spend the rest of her life in prison."  Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to the rape charge under the theory that she aided and abetted the sexual assault, Pierson said.

I am not sure I understand just what benefits the defendants' received from these pleas, as neither appears to have committed crimes that would make them eligible for the death penalty.  Perhaps the deal was sealed by term that gave Nancy Garrido an opportunity for parole when she is in her mid-80s, though the local DA seems sure she will never get out.

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Who were the lawyers that kept this freak alive past the age of 18? The prosecutors, the legislators, the appellate judges, the defense attorneys, the trial judges. Get their names. A crime victim direct action group should visit them, and bring street justice to these pro-criminal, sub-humans. Beat their asses.

They bear the greatest fault and responsibility. They profited from keeping the criminal alive. They should be made to pay. If they did not have self-immunities, then they should not be beaten. They should be sued, and made to pay exemplary damages from personal assets, not those of the innocent taxpayer. His crimes had the foreseeability of planetary orbits.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 29, 2011 12:24:54 AM

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