Published: Jul 11, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 11, 2013 12:44 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A Cape Coral man accused of trying to kill his wife, is trying to get out of jail.

Jose Acevedo just wrote a letter to a judge asking for a lenient sentencing, so he can be with his children.

In the letter Acevedo wrote to the judge from jail, he asks for a three-and-half to four-year prison sentence and probation, instead of up to life in prison. 

In March, Cape Coral Police say Acevedo drove a van into his house, knowing his wife and son were inside. Then, officers say he beat his wife with a bat. In his letter, Acevedo says he's very remorseful about what he did, and wants to be around for his four children. He says one of his sons is handicapped, and that this is the first time he's been in trouble.

Currently, Acevedo is in jail on $250,000 bond. He's also charged with aggravated child abuse, and is due back in court in September.