Marissa Alexander was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday as part of a plea agreement for time served.
Alexander, 34, was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 but her conviction was later overturned. She faced another trial on charges that could have kept her in prison for 60 years before she agreed to a plea deal in November.
Yesterday, Alexander was sentenced to the 1,095 days she had already served in jail after pleading guilty in November to three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the 2010 incident, in which her defense lawyers said she fired a “warning shot” after her abusive ex-husband threatened to kill her.
Alexander also received two years of house arrest.
“Today, after the sentence given by Judge Daniel, my family and I will be able to move on with our lives. Although the journey has been long and there’s been many difficult moments, I could not have arrived here, where I am today, without the thoughts, many thoughts and many prayers of so many people who voiced their support and encouragement. Words can never express my gratitude for those who stood beside me, including my children and family. I am also grateful that Judge Daniel approached this case with such care and diligence.”
Under the plea deal, Alexander will have to wear an electronic monitoring device for the next two years and “will only be allowed to leave her home to go to work, job interviews, church, family medical and dental appointments and to visit her children’s schools.”
Alexander is now focusing on getting her children through school, and bettering herself by furthering her own education.
“I look forward to the full-time challenge of getting my two teenagers through high school and into college, as well as preparing my 4-year-old daughter for nursery school,” she said. “My goal is to continue my education beyond my master’s degree and to continue my professional career.”
“Moving forward, I will continue to learn lessons from the events of the past, but I will not live in the past,” Alexander added. “At the age of 34, live is too short, and there is too much that I have to accomplish in the years ahead. It is my hope and prayer that everyone associated with this case will also be able to move forward with their lives.”
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