Nicole Reyes' mother Jeanette Clements has spoken to ITV News following the sentence.
– Jeanette Clements, Nicole Reyes' mother
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.
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.
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.
The mother of a woman imprisoned in the Dominican Republic is heading out to the country ahead of her daughter's trial.
Jeanette Clements's daughter Nicole Reyes has been held for 18 months, accused of killing her husband in a traffic accident.
Her trial is due to start on February 4th.
The family of a Cardiff woman who is being held in prison without trial are trying to raise £74,000 in bail money. Nicole Reyes has been held in the Dominican Republic for 17 months, accused of killing her husband in a traffic accident. Her family says she's innocent. Sarah Hibbard reports.
The family of a Cardiff woman imprisoned in the Dominican Republic have begun fundraising to get her released on bail.
Nicole Reyes has spent 17 months in jail without trial, following the death of her husband in a road crash.
Her mother Jeanette Clements has begun fundraising to raise £74,000 in bail money.
"I'm just going to try and do anything I possibly can" she says.
"I promised Nicole that I am going to do my utmost to get her out of there."
"I'd do anything to see her again" says Nicole's grandmother.
"All I'm hoping is I live long enough to see her again."
The family of Nicole Reyes have taken to the streets of Cardiff to try to raise money to have her released from prison in the Dominican Republic.
She has been in jail for 17 months, without trial, accused of killing her husband in a motorcycle accident.
Both she and her family have always protested her innocence.They need to raise £74,000 in order for Nicole to be released on bail.
The family of a Cardiff woman who was expecting to go on trial in the Dominican Republic today, says she'll have to spend another three months in prison as her trial has been adjourned.
Nicole Reyes is accused of causing the death of her husband Jorge. She's already spent 16 months in prison waiting for her case to be heard. Her family say she's innocent.
The mother of a Cardiff woman awaiting trial in the Dominican Republic, claims her daughter will not get a fair hearing when the case goes to court on Thursday. Nicole Reyes is accused of causing the death of her husband Jorge last year. Her family say she's facing 30 years in prison.