Marissa Alexander Case Comes To A Close
(Hat tip to Mindyme, our reporter on the ground in Florida)
In 2012, Marissa was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Last year around this time, Marissa Alexander was released on bond and was home for Thanksgiving. Her conviction was overturned on appeal because of an error in jury instructions. Her new trial was scheduled to begin on December 1, 2014.
Since that time, Marissa’s lawyer has zealously fought for her. The Appellate Court ordered a new trial. She petitioned the court for, and was denied, another stand your ground immunity hearing.
Also since the Appellate Court ordered that Marissa get a new trial, the State of Florida passed legislation on consecutive minimum sentencing. State Attorney Angela Corey announced that at Marissa’s new trial, she would seek sentencing of 20 years for each count, meaning that if convicted, Marissa would be sentenced to at least 60 years in prison.
Today, Marissa agreed to a plea that ends the case that was filed against her 4 years ago. According to the plea, Marissa will serve 3 years in prison with credit for the 1,030 that she already spent in jail. She will serve the time in the Duval County jail rather than a prison and be released on January 27, 2015 with 2 years of house arrest on a monitor. She can leave the house to go to church, doctors’ appointments and work.