2036 Hanover Lane
Napa, CA 94558
June 10 2016
The Honorable ***** *****
Judge of the Local Court of Napa
P.O. Box 743
Napa, CA 94558
Dear Judge Richardson,
I appreciate your thoughtfulness, respect, and fairness throughout my trial. I was convicted of shoplifting, and I plan to own up to my actions and make amends for my mistakes. While I can’t go back in time and reverse what I did, you can rest assured that this will never happen again. This is not the type of person that I am, and I am ashamed of myself for even considering what I did, let alone doing it.
I would like you to consider all of this when it comes to my sentence. I have spent my whole life raising my brothers and sisters when my parents couldn’t, working several jobs, and going to school. I have never once taken the easy way out, and this was a one-time slip in judgment. The pressure of my daily responsibilities has been getting to be too much, and instead of seeking help, I acted out. Above all else, I know that what I did is wrong, and it is not the person that I want to become.
There is so much going on in my life that extended jail time would only further bring me down. Several people depend on me, and I need to be there for them. At the same time, I realize I have to answer for my actions, and I will gracefully accept your final decision. Thank you for your time.
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