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It's a story you saw first on FOX 10: A valley mother and undocumented immigrant asking to be released from jail so she could undergo treatment for breast cancer.

"I'm asking them.. let me go get my surgery and come back later, like they did the first time with the chemo.  I'm not moving.  I stay in the same house, same family, I'm not hiding myself," said Ruth Alvarez.

Now her lawyer tells FOX 10 that she has reached an agreement with the Maricopa County Attorney's office and will be released April 16.

Supporters of Alvarez gathered to pray.

"Fill our hearts with the purposes of peace and love for one another.."

A message of thanks spoken both English and Spanish.

Alvarez was jailed two weeks ago -- arrested for failing to appear in court.  According to her family, she was originally arrested for using someone else's identification to get a job.

"She was forced to take extreme measures and use improper documentation to look for work.  She simply did what needed to be done to take care of her family," said Alvarez's daughter, Indira Alvarado.

Because of her cancer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement gave Alvarez a humanitarian release, but she still faced prosecution from the Maricopa County Attorney.

On Tuesday, an announcement was made about a deal being reached.

"We're here today to give thanks to Mr. Montgomery for reviewing this matter, working with the community, understanding our concerns, but principally believing in the case of Ruth," said attorney Jose Penalosa.

On Wednesday, Alvarez will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal impersonating.  Under the agreement, she will be sentenced to time served and a year of unsupervised probation.

"This is a week of peace, of reconciliation and let this be an example of that it can occur in Phoenix, Arizona, it can occur in Maricopa County, it can occur in the state of Arizona," said Penalosa.

Alvarez was diagnosed with breast cancer last August.  She is now finished with chemotherapy treatments and will undergo a mastectomy later this month.

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