Cheryl was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation for conspiring to kill her father. Her boyfriend, now husband, Rob Cuccio got probation after pleading guilty to criminal solicitation.

The hitman Sean Pica, got the most severe sentencing and served 24 years in prison. He was released in 2002.

Cheryl says the reasons abused children do not tell are fearing no one will believe them and that they will be taken away and put in a foster home.  Some fear they will be abused even more.   Cheryl says during the abusive years, she had to take care of her little sister, cook, clean, and be the wife.  Her own mom had been sick for years.

“I didn’t realize at that time that murder was so final,” Cuccio said. “I just wanted the problem to stop and go away.”

Now a 47-year-old mother, Cuccio is talking publicly about the horrors she has endured.

“I wish I hadn’t asked him, but I was desperate,” Cuccio said.  She feared her father also had his sights set on her 8-year-old sister.

Melissa Moore spoke to Sean Pica personally.  He told Moore he wanted to do something good and protect Cheryl after hearing of the abuse.  Moore speaks to a lot of hardened criminals.  She says Pica was quite different and was very likable.  She says he is self-aware and just wanted to be a champion for Cheryl.  During his incarceration he helped other inmates by teaching them how to read.  He has a great career in a non-profit organization.

Oz: “As much misery as all of these people have suffered, they share a deep bond that will hold them together for life.”


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