District Attorney: No compassion for Nancy Garrido

By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
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Questions remain as to whether suspected kidnapper and rapist Phillip Garrido will confess as his wife and alleged accomplice Nancy Garrido apparently did in January. It has been reported that Nancy Garrido has confessed to kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for more than 18 years in their Antioch home. Her Placerville attorney, Steve Tapson, said that his client confessed in a reported attempt to gain leniency and compassion, a statement that did not sit well with El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson. Tapson asserted that his client was “like a mother” to Jacyee and her two daughters fathered by alleged capture Phillip Garrido. “Let’s set the record straight for Nancy Garrido and her attorney… Terry Probyn is Jaycee’s mother. Perhaps my alleged lack of compassion comes from my awareness of many disgusting facts concerning Nancy Garrido’s personal involvement in this case,” Pierson said in a written statement. “We would like Nancy Garrido and her attorney to ask themselves what type of ‘mother’ would marry a convicted rapist and kidnapper in Leavenworth prison, then assist in videotaping young children in parks for years, then assist in the abduction of an innocent 11-year-old girl off the street, and then allow years and years of sexual assaults?” Dugard was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, and wasn’t found until the Garridos brought her and her two daughters into a police station in Concord, according to authorities. She spent 18 years in a ramshackle tent compound in the backyard of the Garridos’ Antioch home. Dugard did not attend public schools, nor had her daughters and none had access to medical care. The Garridos remain in custody in the El Dorado County Jail, and have pleaded not guilty to 29 felony counts of kidnapping, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment. According to Pierson, Nancy Garrido deserves no leniency from the court. “(Nancy) was not an unwilling participant. She was directly involved in the kidnapping of Jaycee back in 1991, but she actively participated in videotaping young children before and after the 1991 abduction. So, having viewed all of the evidence and videos in this case I will answer Mr. Tapson’s question — No, I do not think that Nancy Garrido deserves my compassion,” Pierson said in the statement. Some members of the public seem to agree with the prosecution “To say that she wasn’t responsible is ridiculous,” said Heather Featherton, a Shingle Springs mother of three. “How could (Nancy) think that what she was doing to the girls was in any way shape or form OK? That is ridiculous.”