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KIDNAPPING VICTIM LIKELY TO GET $20M

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Assembly Thursday approved a $20-million settlement for Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped and held captive for 18 years. State justice officials have recommended paying the settlement, which still must be approved by the state Senate.

Phillip Garrido is accused of snatching Dugard when she was 11 from outside her South Lake Tahoe, Calif., home. Since his arrest, officials have revealed he was being monitored by the state parole system for years and had at least five parole officers.

Some have questioned why none of the parole officers discovered the backyard prison where Garrido allegedly kept Dugard at his home in Antioch, Calif. Garrido is charged with kidnapping Dugard outside her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991. She resurfaced in August 2009, along with two daughters allegedly fathered by Garrido.

Dugard and her two daughters had filed claims with the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.

They accused the state of negligence, failure to discharge a mandatory duty and infliction of emotional distress. The $20-million settlement "would end any claims with the state," said Democratic Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, the author of the bill.

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