PHOENIX -- After she was found guilty of first-degree murder, Jodi Arias told a local news anchor that she would prefer death over life in prison.
"She sees death as going to another place, not an end to something, but as a beginning," Fox 10's Troy Hayden told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos on Wednesday.
Arias told Hayden that longevity runs in her family and she feels a lifetime behind bars could be very long for her.
During Hayden's interview, which took place in a holding cell about 20 minutes after Arias was sentenced, she only cried once when speaking about her mother.
"She felt very bad about what happened, that she dragged her into mother this," said Hayden, adding that Arias said she hopes the verdict brings comfort to the Alexander family.
Arias also said that she was very surprised she was convicted of first-degree murder, but Hayden wasn't as shocked.
"They made it very clear what premeditation was and all that you have to do is have a thought that you're going to kill somebody and, to me, with the slice on his neck she had to know she was going to end his life," he said.
When asked how she would conduct herself in the trial should she do it all over again, she would skip the lies.
"She would have called police as soon as she looked at the blood on her hands and realized that she killed Travis."
When it comes down to it, Hayden said he has no blood lust to see Arias executed and feels she is ill.
"I feel like [Arias] is sick," said Hayden, adding that the entire tragic incident has massively changed so many lives, especially those of the families.
Arias was placed on suicide protocol after leaving the courthouse, per Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
No other media interviews will take place until she is released from suicide protocol.