MARTINEZ -- After her son was beaten and shot trying to fight off burglar Gerardo Canon Jr., 67-year-old Sushila Prasad was shot by the Richmond parolee as well, bleeding to death in front of her two grandchildren.
On Friday, in a nearly empty Martinez courtroom, Canon Jr. pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder with the use of a firearm and infliction of great bodily injury and residential burglary in a plea deal under which he will serve 38 years and eight months in state prison.
Prosecutor Molly Manoukian read a brief statement from the victims' family, who were not at the sentencing, asking Judge Terri Mockler to add 10 years to the negotiated sentence.
"If he was 10 years older when he was released, he would pose less of a risk for others ... and they're concerned for their own personal safety," Manoukian said.
Canon Jr., 24, said little during the proceedings, answering "yes" to some procedural questions.
Canon Jr. broke into Dinesh Kumar's Richmond home on Aug. 26, 2011, and the pair fought furiously in the early morning hours, ending with Canon Jr. shooting Kumar multiple times. Prasad, a mother of seven visiting from Fiji, came out to check on the commotion when Canon Jr. shot her. Kumar's wife and two children, ages 14 and 16, were not injured, but the teens watched their grandmother die, Manoukian said.
Police found Canon Jr. in a car near the house and arrested him.
Richmond police Detective Hector Esparza, who attended the court hearing, said the family was chosen at random, and Canon targeted them to steal property.
"He's the type of person you want to keep off the streets," Esparza said.
After the shooting, Berkeley High School, where Kumar worked as a custodian, raised funds for the family.
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