A mother of four is pleading with Connecticut officials for leniency after being sentenced to five years in prison for stabbing another woman who survived.

Latasha O'Bryan, of New Haven, says the 2010 stabbing was self-defense, but prosecutors and a jury called it a premeditated assault. The 34-year-old was convicted in 2012, but remains free on bail pending appeals. She faces a case status hearing on Wednesday.

O'Bryan says her children will end up in foster care if she's imprisoned because none of her relatives is able to care for them. The family currently lives in a homeless shelter.

O'Bryan is asking the state parole board for clemency and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a reprieve. Parole board officials didn't return messages Tuesday. A spokesman for Malloy declined to comment.