Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.
"I have failed as a parent.''
Tai-Ling Gigliotti, above, in a letter to Circuit Judge Jack Springstead asking for mercy before being sentenced for child abuse.
"She never accepted any responsibility for the acts the jury found her guilty of. Nor did she ever, ever, ever admit wrongdoing.''
Judge Jack Springstead, below, before sentencing Gigliotti to 12 years in prison.
"I believe that water may be targeted for Orlando. If the parcels are tied together that would make one heck of a well field.''
Richard Radacki, public works director for Brooksville, on a proposal for a new utility in rural southeast Hernando County.
"Well, this is the year for worms.''
County Commissioner Jeff Stabins, responding to expected complaints that charging fees to use county parks will open a can of worms.
"Of all the things that have changed in Brooksville the past couple of decades, this is one of those places that didn't.''
Blair Hensley, above, owner of Coney Island Drive Inn, which is celebrating 50 years in business in Brooksville.
"Today, Spring Hill is nothing more than a big city. And everyone that comes here from somewhere else is not necessarily a good guy.''
Former Hernando Sheriff Tom Mylander, right, reflecting on the large population and incidence of crime in Spring Hill in recent years.
"They had a plan to take Ms. Collins' vehicle through whatever means were necessary and certainly the taking of someone's life did not slow them down at all.''
Prosecutor Pete Magrino, above left, after three suspects were indicted for murder in the death of Enrique Acevedo, right, who was killed in a carjacking of a car belonging to his girlfriend, Skyler Collins.