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Excerpts from Williams' children's letters

Susan Williams' four children wrote letters to Nassau County Court Judge Norman St. George asking that he show mercy when he sentenced their mother.

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."

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