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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Couple Admit Kidnapping Jaycee Dugard

A couple charged with kidnapping a child and holding her captive for 18 years have confessed to the crime.

Jaycee Dugard was snatched aged 11 in 1991, in South Lake Tahoe, California, by Phillip Garrido, a convicted rapist who was out on parole.

Ms Dugard was found in August 2009, hidden in the back garden of Garrido's house, in Antioch near San Francisco.

She had two daughters by Garrido, who kidnapped her along with help from his wife.

Defence lawyers for Nancy Garrido said the couple admitted kidnap after being re-interviewed by detectives.

Lawyer Stephen Tapson said Ms Dugard attended one of the interviews with Nancy Garrido.

It was the first time the pair had met since the wife's arrest in 2009.

Prosecutors have proposed a 440-year jail term for Phillip Garrido and more than 241 years for his wife - but no deal has been reached on a plea bargain.

Ms Dugard was awarded more than £13m in compensation for the ordeal in July 2010.

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