Alleged Kidnapping Suspect of Lake Tahoe Girl Was Paroled After Short Interview

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 6, 2009 10:22 am

Phillip Garrido, the accused kidnapper of South Lake Tahoe girl Jaycee Lee Dugard, was jailed for 50 years in 1976 following a conviction for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 25 year old girl.  However, after a 35-minute meeting with prison officials, he was paroled.  In that interview, he spoke of his crime, his experience in jail, and his plans for the future, according to the U.S. Parole Commission.  

Garrido met with two commission examiners on November 5th, 1987, and told them he planned to return to live with his mother in California.  He was an “average inmate” and there was no issues related to him.  Two weeks after the meeting, the examiners unanimously approved his release.  Under today’s laws, Garrido probably would have served 20 to 40 years.  Garrido is accused of kidnapping Dugard in 1991, and holding her in captivity and sexual assaulting her over the course of 18 years.