MARTINEZ -- Too shaken to read her statement herself, Cheryl Sitzes clutched her cane and wept quietly in the courtroom gallery as a prosecutor read it for her Friday during the sentencing of two men involved in a botched robbery that left the former armored truck guard "to die in the street for money."
The court heard about the endless surgeries since she was shot, the nine medications she takes daily, and the night terrors, anxiety attacks and anger issues she says she experiences just as often.
A guard for Loomis, Sitzes was ambushed while carrying a bag of money out of a Fitzgerald Drive bank in August 2011. A gun battle ensued. Sitzes was shot in the stomach, the bullet shattering her hip and killing nerves in her left thigh. She shot and wounded two suspects, brothers Pierre and Freddie Daniel. Pierre Daniel was later shot to death by Pinole police after he allegedly refused to put down his gun.
Under a plea deal struck in May, a Contra Costa judge on Friday sentenced 26-year-old Freddie Daniel to 12 years in state prison for his role in the robbery. The suspected getaway driver, 32-year-old William Fuller, was sentenced to seven years in state prison. The men have not offered apologies, according to Sitzes, and gave no statements at sentencing.
Outside the courtroom, the 35-year-old Sitzes said the horrific images of the robbery and the shootout have stayed with her. "Couple times a week, I wake up with it," the Concord native said.
Sitzes and her family objected to the plea deal, calling the prison terms for Daniel and Fuller inadequate. Lacking evidence to move forward with a charge of murder against Freddie Daniel, the prosecution struck a plea deal with the two suspects. Prosecutors had attempted to use the Provocative Act Doctrine, which would have held Freddie Daniel responsible for his brother's death even though he did not kill him.
Daniel, of San Pablo, could be released from San Quentin Prison in about 10 years because of time already served in jail and good behavior. Fuller, of El Cerrito, could be released in five years.
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