|Florida woman may be out of the iron college.|
The Florida woman who used the stand your ground defense in a high profile case will finish her term. She was sentenced to three years in the iron college.
While on time out at home, Marissa Alexander agreed to a plea deal. She will admit guilt in the shooting but had to denounce the notion that "stand your ground" played a role.
The case has gained some public recognition because of the comparisons made to the widely covered George Zimmerman case, in which Zimmerman was prosecuted for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Both cases were prosecuted by Florida State Prosecutor, Angela Corey, and, in both cases, Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law was implicated.
Buzzfeed reports Marissa Alexander, 31,may be on home time out after the remaining 65 days are fulfilled.
Alexander was charged after a 2010 altercation with Rico Gray, her estranged husband, during which she said she fired a “warning shot” into the ceiling with a legal firearm after he threatened her in their house.
In 2012, a Duval County jury initially found Alexander guilty on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to harm and she was sentenced to 20 years. During the trial, Alexander claimed self-defense and rejected a plea agreement similar to the one she signed on Monday.
Before the trial, Gray admitted in a sworn statement that he was abusive to Alexander, calling her a “whore” and a “bitch,” and “hitting her in the mouth” because she wouldn't “shut up.”
Gray also admitted to an abusive past in his deposition. “I got five baby mamas and I put my hands on every last one of them except one,” Gray said.
In a statement released after she was found guilty, Alexander detailed the events of Aug. 1, 2010. She said that she fired the gun after Gray charged at her and yelled, “Bitch, I will kill you!” But the judge denied her “stand your ground” motion, saying Alexander could have exited the house instead of shooting.
Prosecutor Angela Corey also argued in court that Alexander was “angry” but “not in fear”.
During her appeal in July 2014, Alexander entered a new motion for a “stand your ground” hearing that was denied by the court.
This week, facing a new trial that could have led to 60 years in the iron college, Alexander agreed to the plea bargain, avoiding a mandatory 20-year term for the deadly weapon charge. She will likely be released on Jan. 27, 2015, after which she will serve two years of time out at home.
Guarded that if she causes one felony, it's back to the iron college.
I hope the best for Marissa Alexander. She hopefully rebound and move forward. We wish her well on her journey.