Sacramento Bee: "Dugard to Garridos: 'You stole my life'"

By Lisa Leff

A California woman who was held captive for 18 years said her life was stolen by her abductors as she made her first public statement about the ordeal in an emotional declaration her mother read at the captors' sentencing hearing Thursday.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido, both dressed in orange jumpsuits made no eye contact with anyone in the room and kept their heads down as Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, read her daughter's statement at the ongoing hearing, which Dugard did not attend.

"I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence," Dugard wrote in a portion of the statement directed to Phillip Garrido. "Everything you ever did to me was wrong and I hope one day you will see that."