But three years ago, Wilson said, God began the work of forgiveness in her heart.

Now, Wilson said in court, she was praying that Fellows will make use of his second chance. He declined to speak.

"I know that [God] sees a much bigger picture than I ever will," the woman from Central Maryland said. "And things that don't seem to make sense are part of a plan so much bigger than anything we can imagine. So today, I wish you well."

Baltimore Sun reporter Timothy B. Wheeler contributed to this article.

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