Woman in Florida 'Stand Your Ground' Case Released from Jail

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., received a 20-years prison sentence, Friday, May 11, 2012, for firing warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband. The judge rejected a defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. / WETV
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News Release: Associated Press
January 28, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A woman who claimed self-defense after prosecutors say she fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons will be released from prison as part of a plea agreement for time served.

Marissa Alexander on Tuesday was sentenced to the 1,095 days she has already served in jail after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the 2010 shooting.

She also received two years of house arrest.

The 34-year-old faced 60 years if convicted at trial because of Florida's minimum mandatory sentencing law pertaining to firearm use.

The jury at her first trial found her guilty after deliberating for 12 minutes.

That was thrown out after a judge ruled the trial court incorrectly required Alexander to prove she was abused by her ex-husband.

News Release: Associated Press
November 24, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Jacksonville woman has taken a plea deal for firing a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons in what she claims was self-defense.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Marissa Alexander, who is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the 2010 shooting, will receive credit for the 1,030 days she has already serve. She must serve 65 more days and will return to jail Monday. She will be released Jan. 27. The state waived the minimum mandatory 20-year prison sentence under the deal.

Alexander says she fired the gun as a warning because she feared her abusive husband, Rico Gray. Neither Gray nor his sons were injured in the shooting.

Alexander's conviction in the first trial was thrown out by an appeals court.

News Release: Associated Press
July 22, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has denied a Jacksonville woman's request to use Florida's "stand your ground" law as a defense for attempted murder charges that arose after she fired a gun at her husband.

In an order dated earlier this month, Duval County Circuit Court Judge James Daniel rejected 33-year-old Marissa Alexander's request to use the defense at her retrial.

Alexander was previously denied immunity under the state's self-defense law and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

However, that conviction was thrown out by an appeals court, which ruled the trial court mistakenly put the burden on Alexander to prove her husband abused her and that she acted in self-defense.

Alexander's new trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 1.

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