Now aged 31, Jaycee Dugard was abducted by Philip and Nancy Garrido (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) at the age of 11 and spent 18 years in captivity. Her first public statement was read by her mother in the court which sentenced the Californian couple for kidnapping and rape.
In it Ms Dugard said her life was stolen and that she hated every second of those 18 years.
The couple kept their heads down while the statement was read and they made no eye contact with Ms Dugard family.
Nancy Garrido, 55, received 36 years to life, and her husband, 60, who had two daughters with his victim, received 431 years.
Ms Dugard and her children, now 13 and 16, were kept in a compound of tents and sheds in the backyard of the Garrido home in Antioch, California.
The couple pleaded guilty in April, which meant that their victim did not have to appear in court, and they renounced their right to appeal as part of the deal made with prosecutors.
Their treatment of Ms Dugard was described as evil and reprehensible by the judge.
‘I refuse to waste another second’
In her statement Ms Dugard said she was doing well now and added that Philip Garrido “did not matter any more”.
“I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence,” she said. “Everything you ever did to me was wrong and I hope one day you will see that.
“I hated every second of every day for 18 years,” she added. “You stole my life and that of my family.”
Nancy Garrido’s lawyer, Stephen Tapson, read a statement on behalf of his client in which she admitted that what she did was “evil” and said she was sorry and that “words are not enough”.
In 2009 the discovery of Ms Dugard put the police in California under fire because Philip Garrido was on the sex offenders’ list after a previous conviction for rape involving an abduction.
He was seen by police officers on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley with Ms Dugard and her children. The policemen became suspicious, contacted his parole officer and he was then detained at a parole hearing.
Ms Dugard was freed and received a $20m settlement from the state of California, who recognized its repeated mistakes in the monitoring of Mr Garrido.
Ms Dugard will publish her memoir next month.