The Yreka woman accused of armed robbery and assaulting an elderly woman in Dunsmuir last August has entered into a plea agreement with the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office.

The Yreka woman accused of armed robbery and assaulting an elderly woman in Dunsmuir last August has entered into a plea agreement with the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office. 
 
Cindy Irene Diaz, 41, appeared Tuesday in the Siskiyou County Superior Court where she pleaded guilty to robbery and admitted to the special allegation that she inflicted great bodily injury on an elderly victim. In exchange for her guilty plea, she will receive eight years in state prison, District Attorney Kirk Andrus said.   

As part of the plea agreement, Diaz must serve at least 85 percent of her prison term before parole eligibility, Andrus said.   

Diaz is scheduled to appear in court on June 19 for sentencing.  
 
According to Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reports, Diaz entered an elderly woman’s Dunsmuir home last August after cutting the screen door with a knife. Armed with a gun, she demanded money from the woman, who is in her 80s. Diaz then assaulted the woman with a large, black handgun.    

Diaz fled the scene before law enforcement officials arrived at the victim’s home.   

Three months later, Diaz was arrested in Glenn County for unrelated forgery charges. The deputies found Diaz to be in possession of property matching the description of the items reported stolen in the Dunsmuir robbery. 
 
Glenn County Sheriff’s Department officials contacted the SCSO and Diaz was charged for the robbery and booked into the Siskiyou County Jail without bail on Nov. 10, 2011.