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Jaycee Lee Dugard expresses relief after Philip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty

Jaycee Lee Dugard inset and Phillip Garrido
Jaycee Lee Dugard, 11-year old girl who went missing in 1991 (inset) and Phillip Garrido is seen in court on March 17, 2011. AP Photo

(CBS/KOVR/AP) PLACERVILLE, Calif. - Jaycee Lee Dugard expressed relief Thursday after Philip and Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard when she was 11 years old and holding her captive for 18 years.

Pictures: Inside Jaycee's Terror Tent

"I'm relieved that Phillip and Nancy Garrido have finally acknowledged their guilt and confessed to their crimes against me and my family," Dugard said in a prepared statement, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The plea deal spared Dugard and her two daughters, fathered by Garrido, ages 13 and 16, from having to testify at a trial.

Phillip Garrido's plea deal calls for a sentence of more than 430 years to life, while Nancy Garriardo's deal calls for a sentence of 36 years to life.

The Garridos pleaded guilty to kidnapping, false imprisonment, multiple counts of rape, including kidnap, and forcible lewd acts on a child, reports CBS station KOVR.

The Garridos confined Dugard to the backyard of the couple's Antioch, Calif. home, which had been shielded by shrubbery and a false fence and outfitted with tents and sheds. While still a teenager, Dugard gave birth there to the two daughters fathered by Phillip Garrido, first becoming pregnant at age 13. Dugard is now 30.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Dugard was "very relieved" she would not have to testify, but according to District Attorney Vern Pierson she was willing to if the case went to trial.

Complete coverage of Jaycee Dugard on Crimesider

Pictures: Inside Jaycee's Terror Tent

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