Jodi Arias Begs Jury For Life So She Can Start Literacy And Recycling Programs In Prison

May 21, 2013  |  

Today, convicted killer Jodi Arias went before a jury and plead for her life after being found guilty of first-degree murder May 8 for the 2008 killing of 30-year-old Travis Alexander.

Despite telling a TV reporter moments after her conviction earlier this month that she would rather be executed than spend the rest of her life in prison, Arias sang a totally different tune during the penalty phase of her trial today. According to TIME, the 32-year-old begged for mercy and claimed that she would like to start literacy and recycling programs in prison, if given the chance. As the Washington Post tells it, Arias held up a white t-shirt with the word “survivor” written across it and said she would sell the clothing and donate all proceeds to victims of domestic abuse. Arias also said even though some people don’t believe she was a victim of domestic abuse, she sees herself as a survivor of such.

USA Today also notes that Arias expressed some remorse in the courtroom today, although she never uttered the words “I’m sorry.” Instead, she told the jury of the family of her slayed former lover:

“I never meant to cause them so much pain.”

According to her lawyers, Arias is the only witness that will be called to testify on her behalf. In witnessing her testimony today, the judge instructed jurors to consider a handful of factors when deciding what sentence to recommend, including the fact that Arias has no previous criminal record.

Only time will tell whether the jury decides to believe Arias’ first claim of wanting death or her latest plea for life.

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