Nineteen months after kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard was found alive, here is the bottom line on where the case stands:
The matter could be resolved without a trial, possibly as soon as April 7.
Phillip Garrido is never getting out of prison.
And Nancy Garrido is likely never getting out of prison, either.
"I'm waiting for something from heaven to save us all," Nancy Garrido's attorney, Stephen Tapson, said after a brief court hearing Thursday.
Tapson, who said his client is now looking at a sentence of 180 years to life, conceded that the chances of prosecutors offering her any kind of deal appear unlikely.
"The offer came down to 140 years and eight months to life," Tapson said. "And due to my superior negotiating skills it's now 180 years to life."
Things could be worse: Phillip Garrido faces a sentence of 563 years on charges that he and his wife abducted Dugard in 1991 when she was 11, then kept her as a sex slave and eventually held her captive for 18 years.
His attorney, Susan Gellman, said it is a mistake to believe plea deals are being negotiated.
"I mean, when they're talking about pleading to each and every count and every enhancement, I wouldn't really call that an offer," she said.
But she conceded that the legal wrangling is somewhat of "an academic exercise."
"Let's say just for the sake of argument that nothing happened on this case," Gellman said. "He still is on parole to the state of Nevada, so he would be spending the rest of his life in prison in any event."
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