Marissa Alexander Takes Plea Deal


Marissa Alexander, 31, was prosecuted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and received a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot after her husband attacked her and threatened to kill her in May 2012.

According to the Florida Times-Union, on November 24 Alexander accepted a plea deal to serve three years in jail. Alexander has already spent 1,030 days in jail, which will be counted towards her time served, making her release date set for Jan. 27, 2015.

In 2010, Alexander’s husband Rico Gray got into an argument some text messages. Alexander went to the bathroom and locked herself inside, but Gray broke through the door and grabbed her neck.

Alexander then proceeded into the garage and returned with a gun from her car. When Gray threatened to kill her, Alexander said she fired the gun as a warning shot at the wall so on one was injured. The jury convicted her in 12 minutes. Alexander gave birth to her daughter the week before.

This case happened around the same time of the prosecution of George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Florida State Prosecutor, Angela Corey, prosecuted both cases with both cases using Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Once Alexander is released from jail next year, she will have to spend two years under house arrest with a monitor.

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