The courts in Florida* need to have their collective heads examined. Marissa Alexander was protecting her own life and the lives of the children in her own home. Yet now she will spend two years under electronic monitoring while her violent ex husband walks free.
In 2010 Marissa Alexander was in yet another altercation with her abusive husband who was threatening to kill her. With children in the house, rather than fleeing, she went to her car and retrieved her shotgun. When the husband, Rico Gray, pursued her into the garage* she fired a warning shot into the wall near him. Despite the circumstances of the case, a jury found her guilty and she was sentenced to twenty years in jail. This month, on appeal, she was convinced to plead guilty to other charges and get out of prison with time served.
On Monday, Alexander agreed to a plea deal that gives her a three-year prison sentence. The Florida-Times Union reported that the Duval County courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. will credit the time she has already spent in prison, giving Alexander a release date of Jan. 27.Alexander was convicted after she fired a warning shot at her estranged husband, Rico Gray, back in 2010 because she felt threatened by him.
The Stand Your Ground defense was used by Alexander, but the judge denied her claim of self-defense. The judge said that Alexander could have escaped her abusive husband rather than retrieving the gun from the car and running back in the house to shoot him.
Alexander said she shot at the wall where her husband was standing near their two sons.