KOCO: An Oklahoma City woman sentenced to life in prison for shoplifting is trying to get her guilty plea thrown out.
Earlier this month, Cecilia Rodriguez was convicted of stealing two purses. The judge in the case sentenced her to life in prison, citing her lengthy criminal history as cause enough.
Her lawyer said he hopes to get her plea thrown out but admits that it's not very likely. However, the ruling will be appealed on the grounds that the life sentence shocked the conscious.
"I'm still in a kind of shock. We've been trying to raise some money to get help and get a lawyer, so we can keep her lawyer so he knows what he's doing," mother Geneva Gabriel said.
Rodriguez's family said they still don't understand why she received a life sentence when the crime she pleaded guilty to was stealing two purses from Dillards department store.
"She couldn't understand when I told her we are all praying for her and we are trying to understand the situation she is in," cousin Patricia DelAngel said.
Rodriquez's attorney, Chris Daniels, said he was shocked by the sentence.
"Then of course, my mind started working to figure out, 'Now that this has happened, how can we help her? What can we do to try to help her,'" Daniels said.
Rodriguez's family said they've received calls from all over the country offering their support, including financial help.
Daniels said that he plans to file an appeal.
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