ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A convicted killer's family and friends are pleading a judge to have mercy on their daughter, according to court records.
Brittany Norwood was convicted of brutally killing Jayna Murray in the lululemon Bethesda yoga store last year. Norwood's sentencing is scheduled for Friday in a Rockville courtroom.
Norwood's parents, Earl and Larkita Norwood, each wrote letters to the judge on January 12, asking the judge to give Brittany another chance to "enter back into society" one day.
"I have never been one to boast, but I have always been very proud of Brittany. Brittany has always been an excellent student, a great competitor and a good person. From grade school to college, she has been a good student and during her 11 years of competitive soccer she was held in high regards with the nation's best," Earl Norwood said, in a letter to Judge Robert A. Greenberg.
Larkita Norwood talked about how she was sorry for everything that happened, and how she's praying for the Murray family.
"I must tell you that my heart is also broken for Jayna's family.
As a mother, I can only imagine how painful this is. The Murray family are in my prayers, I am askingforforgiveness and for strength and enduranceduring this difficult time for them. Seeing them hurting in court was very difficult for me.I live with this sadness everysingle day," she said.
Norwood's mother then moved on to explaining what a good person her daughter Brittany has always been, and how giving she was.
"At her very core, I know who she is, She is a decent [sic] and caringperson. All her life she has been a high achiever, passionate for the lessfortunate and a loving and nurturing sister to her eight brothers andsisters. She values her relationship with her family and has always beenthere to help anyone when she could."
"Brittany is a good person, who unfortunately has been convicted of doing an awful thing," Norwood's brother Sandre Norwood Jr. wrote to the judge.
The prosecutors in the case presented a very different picture of Brittany Norwood during the trial. They say Norwood beat Murray unmercifully until she died. Then Norwood tried to pretend she had also been attacked, by tying herself up and and laying on the floor until help arrived the next morning.
Norwood was heralded as a victim by police in the beginning of the investigation, but then she became a suspect as the holes in her story became apparent to authorities.
Brittany Norwood faces life without parole for her first degree murder conviction.