State prosecutors dropped all charges Friday against a man accused in a home invasion in which a family, including a pregnant mom, was held at gunpoint.
And the mom who police say the suspect tried to kill is OK with that.
Oscar Diaz Hernandez faced charges that could have earned him a life sentence. Instead, he'll be sent back to Honduras, his native country. He suffered irreparable brain damage after a suicide attempt in jail.
The mom, Marcela Borges, said her attorney told her Diaz Hernandez is brain dead.
Diaz Hernandez's electronic monitor was removed Friday afternoon.
"Three doctors have evaluated him and said there's no movement to his brain. So I guess it's better for him, too," Borges said. "He's suffering more in this situation now than if he went to jail."
Borges was 2 months pregnant in November 2009, when authorities say Hernandez and three partners forced their way into her new Winter Garden home and grabbed her 5-year-old son.
"It's still in my memory when Oscar grabbed Ryan by the hair and put the gun to him. I still remember he was in his SpongeBob PJs," she said.
Borges and her family were held hostage for almost three days. During that time, she said she and her husband were beaten, blindfolded, their lives threatened. Then they were taken to a bank, where the suspects forced them to take tens of thousands of dollars out of an account.
Toward the end of the second day of being held in her own home at gunpoint, Borges jumped out her son's second-story window.
She said Diaz Hernandez shot her in the back as she ran for help.
"When I got shot, it was almost in my spine," Borges said. She has several scars from two surgeries she had to fix her wrist.
"When I was shot, the bullets came in through here and out through here," she said, pointing to the healed wounds.
She thanks her mother for the support and credits her for ability to forgive and move on.
"She said, 'Marcela, it's better for you to let it go and forgive. Forgiveness is the best way to be at peace.' So that's why I'm trying to do," Borges said.
Marcela says she feels bad for Diaz Hernandez's mother, who will take care of him around the clock when he is sent back to Honduras.
Investigators have a warrant out for Bianca Dos Santos, the female suspect in the case who is on the run. She prays every day that Dos Santos is caught. Manuel Diaz Santiz and Victor Manuel Sanchez are now serving life sentences for their involvement.