The family of Brittany Norwood, who was convicted in the killing of her co-worker last November, has made a series of pleas urging against giving Norwood a life term without the chance of parole.
Her sister says Norwood has a "heart of gold."
Norwood, 29, was convicted of killing her co-worker Jayna Murray at the Lululemon Athletica store. The family presented 20 pages of pleas urging against a life penalty without parole, the Washington Post reported.
"I love my daughter more than words can say and I know she is worthy of a chance," Earl Norwood wrote, according to the Post. "No one should ever have to experience" the pain the Murray family is enduring, he wrote. But the sixth of his nine children "has always been a person of a true caring nature and I know she still is."
The pleas do not attempt to explain Norwood's behavior. The letters, which were made public by the judge Wednesday, tries to characterize Norwood as a loving member of the family.
The plea comes ahead of Norwood's sentencing, set for Friday in Montgomery County.
Norwood was convicted of first-degree murder of the March 11 murder inside the store.
The jury took only one hour to find Brittany Norwood guilty of first-degree murder.
The murder shocked the area because of the brutality of the March 11 slaying and the twists and turns of the case. Norwood initially portrayed herself as a victim before police discovered holes in her story and arrested her.
"I know the trauma our family has been through I want no other family to go through this," Jayna's mother Phyllis Murray said after Norwood was convicted.