A woman who, along with her boyfriend, carried out a series of residential burglaries in Spring Valley and a holdup in Little Italy in which she shot two sisters was sentenced Friday to 32 years and four months to life in state prison.
Deanna Rodriguez, 30, pleaded guilty in March to burglary, attempted robbery and discharging a firearm in connection with the crime spree that occurred over a three-month period in the summer of 2014.
Authorities said Rodriguez and her boyfriend, Richard Taylor Fox, tried to rob three women — including two sisters — on a sidewalk in the 700 block of West Date Street in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood the evening of July 27, 2014.
During the holdup, Rodriguez fired a shot that went through one sister’s wrist and into the other’s stomach.
Today in court, one of the victims, identified only as Tamara, said she thought the couple were asking for a cigarette when the attempted robbery happened. Tamara was shot in the wrist.
“I heard one loud pop and everything went dark,” the 26-year-old said. “What are the odds of one bullet hitting two people?”
Tamara’s older sister, Amanda, said she was two minutes away from dying when she arrived at the trauma unit at the UCSD Medical Center with a bullet wound to the stomach.
“I’m only here because of pure luck … or grace,” the 36-year-old woman said.
Defense attorney Nicholas DePento said Rodriguez had psychiatric issues which have led to multiple suicide attempts.
“I am very sorry,” Rodriguez wrote in a letter read in court by DePento. “I was not in my right state of mind.”
Rodriguez said she was intoxicated at the time of the robbery/shooting.
In handing down the life sentence, Superior Court Judge David Danielsen said Rodriguez represents a “serious danger” to society and said it would be 2046 before the defendant gets her first parole hearing.
Earlier today, Judge Robert F. O’Neill sentenced Fox to 13 years in prison.
Fox, 21, previously pleaded guilty to burglary, auto theft and attempted robbery.
Deputy Public Defender Patrick McCoy said Fox has remorse for the pain the victims had to go through.
“His biggest mistake was going on a theft spree with Ms. Rodriguez,” his attorney said.
Amanda urged O’Neill to put Fox behind bars for as long as possible.
“The defendant thought I looked like a good target,” Amanda told the judge. “I can’t quantify in years what my near-murder amounts to.”
Deputy District Attorney Jim Koerber said Fox stole a van from his grandparents to carry out the crime spree.
Each defendant blamed the other for involvement in the offenses, the prosecutor said.
“They were willing crime partners,” Koerber told the judge.
–City News Service