Ruby Revell, confined to a wheelchair and connected to an oxygen tank, wore pink slippers that matched her pink shirt in Judge Daniel Merritt Jr.'s court Thursday.
Revell appeared on behalf of her son, Nathaniel Revell, who was being resentenced by Merritt for a marijuana possession charge with intent to distribute.
"My son is not a bad person … and was raised up with God's help," Revell told the judge, adding she didn't believe what was being said about her son.
Nathaniel Revell, 56, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by retired Judge Jack Springstead in 2010 as a habitual offender.
In trial, Revell was acquitted of three charges of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Revell's sister and his cousin, a middle school teacher, also spoke on his behalf, saying he was a good person and his release would serve as a "testament" to younger members of his family.
Revell said he thought Springstead's sentence was "vindictive" and based on his decision to go to trial, not the number of points on his rap sheet. Revell's attorney, James Ray Shaw, said the 2.9 grams of marijuana found on Revell would have been a misdemeanor charge if he didn't intend to sell it, and that his client had already served a "tremendous" amount of time – 1,008 days – and has health issues of his own.
State prosecutor Matthew Pila said Revell has taken no responsibility for the charge against him, and said a robbery with a deadly weapon charge on his rap sheet indicated he was a "threat to the community."
Merritt reviewed handwritten letters from Revell's family members before resentencing him to five years in prison.