MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's senators are trying to help a U.S. citizen from Sudan working to save his wife from a death sentence there.

Daniel Wani was born in Sudan and has ties to New Hampshire. His wife, Meriam Ibrahim, who is eight months pregnant, has been sentenced to death in Sudan, accused of marrying outside of the Muslim faith.

Ibrahim's father was Muslim, but her mother was Christian. Her father left when she was young, and she grew up as a Christian. Wani also is Christian.

She and the couple's 2-year-old son have been in jail since September.

"I'm just praying for God. He can do a miracle," Wani's brother, Gabriel, in Manchester, told WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1qPb4ji). "Everyone is depressed. You don't believe it. It's shock."

Sen. Kelly Ayotte has written to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking for Ibrahim to be granted political asylum. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the death sentence is an abhorrent violation of fundamental freedoms.