MiamiHerald / Gloria Casanova, a grandmother, nursing assistant and native of Cuba, was sitting quietly inside her tiny Miami efficiency, studying an English book to learn about irregular verbs.

Suddenly, the door burst open. Two burglars rushed in. Surprised she was home, the pair took her hostage and marched her into the bathroom. They ordered her into the bath tub and then one man shot her in the head, execution-style.

The bullet entered her temple, a few centimeters in front of her left ear. But it exited at the base of her skull, passing clean through her neck. Miraculously, Casanova survived and staggered to a nearby hair salon where employees called 911.

On Friday, five years later, the 63-year-old on Friday appeared in a Miami courtroom to see her attacker sent to prison.


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