Sixty-nine friends, family and professional colleagues have written to the judge asking for leniency for Dance. They include his mother and his ex-wife, college friends, and fellow educators in Virginia and Houston, where he worked before coming to Baltimore County. They include students he has mentored and those who mentored him, including Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. At least four pastors, in churches from Richmond, Va., Houston and Baltimore, also wrote on his behalf. They included Bishop Walter S. Thomas at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Northwest Baltimore, where Dance was a member.