At his arraignment on Thursday Phillip Garrido is expected to plead guilty to kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in 1991, holding her captive for 18 years, and repeatedly raping her.

Recently, Stephen Tapson, who represents Phillip's wife Nancy, said the two had confessed to the crimes because Phillip wants Nancy's sentence reduced. Today Tapson said that Phillip would plead guilty under a deal that would avoid a trial, but still send him to jail for the rest of his life. "He's confessed to it, so he's pleading guilty and he doesn't want to put Jaycee through the trial," said Tapson. He also mentioned that Phillip is still hoping the deal will help Nancy, so he may not be entirely motivated by concern for the woman he (allegedly) tortured for nearly two decades.

Tapson says Phillip is facing "530 years to life, the last I counted," but it's unlikely that he'll be sentenced on Thursday if he pleads guilty. Nancy has pleaded not guilty and Phillip is expected to testify on her behalf during the trial.

Phillip Garrido Expected To Plead Guilty In Kidnapping Of Jaycee Lee Dugard, Attorney Says [LAT]

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