Marissa Alexander Takes Plea Deal

Marissa Alexander
Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander will not have to go to trial after accepting a plea deal, in which she pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault in exchange for a three-year sentence, First Coast News reports.

Because of the 1,030 days that she has already spent in jail, Alexander will only have to serve an additional 65 days before being released on Jan. 27. However, according to First Coast News, Alexander could still end up being sentenced to five years in prison because of the second count against her, which is considered an “open plea.”

Alexander’s case drew national attention about four years ago when she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband, Rico Gray. She unsuccessfully tried to use Florida’s “Stand your ground” law in her defense by accusing Gray of being an abuser who attacked her first.


Alexander was found guilty on all three counts of aggravated assault in 2012. However, the conviction was tossed after an error was found in the jury instructions. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey then followed up by seeking a 60-year-sentence in the retrial.

Read more at First Coast News.

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