Between sniffles and with her family crying in the back of the courtroom, Pearl Little made her plea for mercy before being sentenced for stealing a woman's purse at Wal-Mart.
"I deserve punishment for what I've done but I'm asking the court for mercy," Little said Thursday afternoon in Clark Circuit Court. "I have three kids. I want the chance to raise my kids.
"I did not mean to do what I done. In my heart it won't be right until I look at Mrs. King and apologize," an emotional Little said as her family choked back tears from the rear of the courtroom.
Little admitted to a past of drug addiction, which contributed to the Aug. 31, 2007 robbery at Wal-Mart where Little and co-defendant Darina Lynem snatched the purse of Nina King and injured her in the process. Both pleaded guilty in February and prosecutors offered the minimum sentence of 10 years in prison to each.