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June 2, 2011

Duggard kidnappers get notable (and disaprate?) state sentence

A high-profile California kidnapping case wrapped up with a high-profile state sentencing today, as reported in this Los Angeles Times article headlined "Jaycee Dugard's kidnappers sentenced to prison."  Here is how this report starts:

Nearly 20 years after Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted while walking to a school bus stop, the couple who pleaded guilty in her kidnapping and rape were sentenced Thursday to prison terms that could keep them behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Phillip Garrido, a 60-year-old convicted rapist, was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison. His 55-year-old wife Nancy was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison.

In recommending that Garrido receive a sentence of 431 years to life in prison, El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson described the serial rapist as “a sexual predator who stole the childhood and innocence from an 11-year-old child. Defendant Garrido’s actions caused her mother Terry Probyn to have to endure an 18-year-long nightmare.”

Before the Garridos' sentencing Thursday in a Placerville courtroom, a tearful Probyn addressed the court. "How could someone take away the one person in the world I loved so deeply? Where is she? Is she hungry? Is she cold? Is she hurt? My baby was gone and all my dreams turned to nightmares. She was a vulnerable child and I was unable to help her.

"During 18 years away, I could hear her crying, not with my ears, but with my heart. I could feel her pain, not with my body, but with my heart.... I lived in hell on earth. It was you Nancy Garrido and Phillip Garrido that broke my heart."

Probyn then read a statement from her daughter, who did not attend the hearing: "To Phillip Garrido, I hated every second of every day of 18 years because of you. To you Nancy, I have nothing to say."

Before sentencing Phillip Garrido, Judge Douglas C. Phimister said the "defendant lacks a soul. What you have done is beyond horrible. May you think long and hard about what you did."

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I don't get the heading. How can the sentence in a unique case be "disparate"? What is the comparison group?

Given that we don't have the death penalty for nonfatal crimes, does anyone doubt that a sentence which guarantees Garrido will never see the outside of the prison wall again is correct? The number of years is purely academic once it exceeds the number needed for that guarantee.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Jun 3, 2011 12:54:43 PM

Not a mind reader, but just guessing that the disparate sentences are between the co-defendants.

Posted by: Ala JD | Jun 3, 2011 2:02:52 PM

Disparate, you say? Eh... what's 395 years, between friends psychopaths?

"[Phillip] Garrido was driving the car, and Nancy snatched the child."

"Stephen Tapson, Nancy’s attorney, has long argued that his client was not involved in 'any of the sexual stuff.'"

Aw shucks, well I guess that's okay then.

At least she'll be 91 years old before she even has the possibility of seeing the light of day. Although, hopefully by then she'll be wormfood.

Posted by: centrist | Jun 3, 2011 3:03:34 PM

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