Patti Blagojevich is pleading for a federal judge to free her husband, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from prison.
She wrote to U.S. District Judge James Zagel ahead of her husband's resentencing hearing Tuesday.
The ex-governor, who is currently serving a 14-year sentence in a Colorado prison, wants his prison sentence reduced down to five years. Prosecutors say his original prison sentence should remain in place.
Blagojevich has been in prison since March 2012.
Three of Blagojevich's fellow prison inmates as well as Chicago Ald. Deb Mell (33rd), Patti Blagojevich's sister, also wrote to the judge asking for leniency in the resentencing of the disgraced former Illinois governor.
"The future of my children, family and husband, lies within your power and judgment," Patti Blagojevich said in her letter. "Please reunite me with my husband of almost 26 years so that we can go on to love and support each other, and raise our children together. Please let Rod come home and be the father that our daughters need and deserve."
She added: "I am pleading with you, indeed begging you, to please be merciful."
Patti Blagojevich goes on to note the important events her husband has missed while in prison.
"Amy will never graduate high school again, or go to prom, or have her first day of college," her letter reads. "Without Rod here, events that should be joyful celebrations are just cruel reminders of his absence, with an undercurrent of sadness at every school play, piano recital or ice-skating competition."
During the hearing, the former governor tearfully apologized for his misdeeds, saying "I recognize it was my actions, and my words that led me here."
"This can be a beginning to make amends for the past," he added as he admitted to having been too public during previous times of contention.
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