Here are some excerpts that John Carman, Williams' attorney, read in court Friday before the judge sentenced Williams to the maximum 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.
Alexis Williams, 20
"Growing up, my mother was the most nurturing, fun, caring and loving parent a child could ever ask for. . . . There was not a more supportive person in our lives."
"We know the monster described by the district attorney is not our mother. That woman is a desperate empty shell, lonely and looking for a way out."
Christine Williams, 19
"She was my source of motivation and advice. She is the reason I go to Providence College, but she won't see me graduate."
"Her punishment is our punishment. I feel like I am in jail with her."
Ryan Williams, 16
"Every day I feel like I am dying without her."
"I am so sad I never get to see her. I am lost without her, and so is everyone else in the family."
Jack Williams, 11
"She doesn't deserve to be in jail. She's the best mom anyone could ask for."