Facing a possible 60 years behind bars for firing a gun at her estranged husband, Marissa Alexander has agreed to a plea deal that ends the four-year criminal case against her.
According to the terms of the plea, Alexander was ordered to serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to all three counts against her. The Florida Times-Union reports the Alexander will get credit for the 1,030 days she’s already spent in jail.
That means she’ll have to spend 65 days in jail. Alexander will return to Duval County Jail following Monday’s hearing. She’ll be released on Jan. 27.
Because the second count against Alexander is considered an ‘open plea,’ she could still be sentenced to five years in prison at the hearing on Jan. 27.
The case has drawn national attention, mostly due to Alexander’s failed attempt to invoke a Stand Your Ground defense, and later because she was convicted under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, which sentenced her to a mandatory 20-year prison sentence.
Following her prison term, Alexander must spend two years under house arrest.
While we are glad that Ms. Alexander will not have to serve 20 years in prison, we cannot help but wonder if the system still failed her.
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