MARTINEZ — After dying countless times, spending two months in a coma, and relearning how to live, John Russo was finally able to talk to the young woman who orchestrated the home invasion at her sentencing on Friday.
The sentencing held at the Justice Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez on Friday was for Franceska Kabasinskas, 18, who was charged with first degree robbery for instigating a 2015 home invasion and the savage beating of John and Ann Russo that left them permanently changed.
“You know this all started with you,” John Russo said to Kabasinskas in court. “I will never be the same. I tell people that if I’m 80 percent, I can live with that.”
Brentwood police say Kabasinskas admitted to lying about her ex-boyfriend, Johnathan Russo, raping her to her then-boyfriend, Eliseo Sumale.
Eliseo Sumale, who was on house arrest for a prior conviction, recruited his older brother, Moises Sumale, Usiel Beltran and Jevonie Rogers to break into the home on July 22, 2015, which happened to be Ann and John’s 22nd wedding anniversary.
At 3 a.m., the group arrived at the Russo’s home in Brentwood and saw Johnathan Russo leaving for a paper route, but decided to break in anyways. Moises Sumale, Usiel Beltran and Jevonie Rogers donned masks and broke through the rear glass door after mistaking a cardboard cutout of Jerry Garcia as a person.
They beat Ann Russo in the head with a baseball bat first, then later moved to John. After the assault, Ann crawled over to John and called 911. Both of John’s…
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