Marissa Alexander released from prison, placed on house arrest
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida 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.
Marissa Alexander was sentenced on Tuesday 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.
Watch Marissa Alexander address reporters following her release from prison:
The jury at her first trial found her guilty after deliberating for 12 minutes.
The verdict was thrown out after a judge ruled the trial court incorrectly required Alexander to prove she was abused by her husband.
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