Phillip Garrido To Plead Guilty: Lawyer

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011  |  Updated 6:31 AM PDT
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Phillip Garrido To Plead Guilty: Lawyer

KCRA.com

Nancy Garrido's lawyer says there will be a guilty plea in the kidnapping case of Jaycee Dugard by the end of the week.

Lawyer Stephen Tapson told the Associated Press that Phillip Garrido will plead guilty during a court hearing on Thursday.   The plea is apparently part of a plea bargain that Garrido's lawyers have been working on with prosecutors.

Tapson said his client, Nancy Garrido, will not plead guilty.  He said she will go to trial unless she is offered a better plea deal than the one on the table.

The Garrido's are accused of holding Dugard captive for 18 years in their Antioch backyard.

Susan Gellman, who represents Phillip Garrido, did not immediately comment on the development. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson also declined to comment.

As of Monday, both Phillip and Nancy Garrido are charged with 18 felony counts of false imprisonment, rape and child pornography each.

They are accused of kidnapping Dugard from the Lake Tahoe area when she was 11 years old.

If a plea agreement could be reached by both Nancy and Phillip Garrido it would allow Dugard and her two daughters, who were fathered by Phillip Garrido, avoid having to testify in the case.

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