5:41 pm, Tue 04 Feb 2014
Nicole Reyes' mother Jeanette Clements has spoken to ITV News following the sentence.
I have told [Nicole] to keep her chin up. I really did believe she would be coming home with me this week. We are going to appeal.
She has problems with her kidneys. She is ill and needs medical help. I don't think she's going to cope in that prison.
– Jeanette Clements, Nicole Reyes' mother
5:25 pm, Tue 04 Feb 2014
Nicole Reyes, from Rumney, has been jailed for 12 years
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Cardiff woman Nicole Reyes has been jailed for 12 years for the voluntary homicide of her husband in the Dominican Republic.
The 38-year-old, from the Rumney part of the city, was involved in a road collision with her husband Jorge, a Dominican national, in July 2012. The pair were living together on the island at the time.
Ms Reyes - who has always denied the charge against her - was arrested at the scene and has been held in prison ever since.
The sentence was passed following a two-and-a-half-hour hearing on the Puerto Plata part of the island earlier today.
Nicole Reyes' mother, Jeanette Clements, and stepfather Mike, were present in court. Mrs Clements says that the family intend to appeal the verdict and are meeting with the British Embassy.
7:00 am, Tue 04 Feb 2014
Nicole was arrested when her husband Jorge died in a crash on the island two years ago.
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The trial of a Cardiff woman imprisoned in the Dominican Republic for 18 months is due to start today.
Nicole Reyes, from Rumney, was arrested two years ago when her 38-year-old husband Jorge died in a car crash on the island.
She was jailed without a trial but both her and her family have always protested her innocence.
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