FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man who robbed a North Texas Street car wash in January was sentenced Thursday to 19 years in prison.
Don R. Diaz, 33, was a former employee of the 7 Flags Car Wash. A former co-worker recognized him when he walked into the car wash office one afternoon in January and demanded cash. To prove he was not kidding, Diaz lifted his shirt to display the gun he had tucked in his waistband.
Diaz, an ex-con, was arrested the day after the robbery at a Vallejo motel. When police broke into his room, Diaz was trying to flush money from the robbery down the toilet.
A jury found Diaz guilty in August of felony robbery and gun charges.
Judge Wendy Getty told Diaz she thought 19 years was too much prison time but that the law did not give her the flexibility to hand down a less severe punishment. At a previous hearing, Getty said she thought a 14-year prison sentence was appropriate.
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