a 23-year-old woman is asking a Florida judge to reduce the prison sentence of the woman who abducted her as a newborn baby and raised her under a false identity.
Kamiyah Mobley wrote a letter to Duval County Judge Marianne Aho requesting that Gloria Williams’ sentence be reduced from 18 years to nine years, with a nine-year probation period, according to News4Jax.
At the beginning of the letter, Mobley said Williams was “my mother.”
“I had a rounded life; and I am an independent, college-educated and deeply spiritual person, because of everything my mother gave me, ”Mobley wrote. “I am fully aware of how our lives came to be, what they are and how my mother became my mother.”
Williams kidnapped Mobley from the University Medical Center, now the University of Florida Health Jacksonville, in 1998 when Mobley was just a few hours old. Williams then raised Mobley under the alias Alexis Manigo.
In 2017, Mobley filed a DNA test at the Jacksonville sheriff’s office, confirming that she was the same girl who was abducted in 1998.. Tips from the National Center for Missing and Expatriate Children also helped with the process of finding Mobley.
Williams pleaded guilty in 2018 and, according to ABC News, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for kidnapping and five years for interfering in detention.
Mobley met her birth parents in 2017. She said in her letter to the judge that “none of this changes the truth of the past, nor does it justify my mother’s actions in any way.” She asked the court for “grace and mercy”, as she needed her mother’s house.
Williams also wrote a letter to the judge in which she highlighted her growth as a model prisoner and the various community and faith-based programs in which she participated.
“I have not received any disciplinary reports at all, and I have maintained an above-satisfactory rating by both security and in my assignment performance issued once a month by the Department of Corrections,” Williams wrote.
While Mobley’s letter was dated September 30, 2021, both Mobley’s and Williams ‘letters were filed in December 2021 and recently filed together as part of Williams’ sentencing reduction paperwork.
No decision has yet been made by Judge Aho.