Marissa Alexander the woman who received 20 years in prison for firing what was apparently a warning shot at her husband has been offered a plea deal which she accepted. She was required to plead guilty to three counts of aggravated assault, which would reduce her sentence substantially. She will only have to serve three years.

Due to the fact that she has already served about 1,030 days, she will only have to spend 65 more days before her scheduled release on Jan. 27. But according to First Coast News, Alexander may be forced to accommodate an additional five years in jail because of the second count she pleaded to – it is recognized as an “open plea”.

It’s been four years since Alexander garnered the spotlight for firing at her estranged husband, Rico Gray. Unfortunately despite trying to implement the rights associated with Florida’s ‘Stand your ground law”, because of the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of Gray, her attempts were thwarted.

In 2012, she was eventually found guilty of all three counts levied against her, but the conviction didn’t stick because of an error embedded in the jury literature. Florida State Attorney, Angela Corey was determined to assign a 60-year sentence once the case was re-initiated.

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  • Delia

    OMG! Hope she gets this out in January and gets to her children. Clearly there is a double standard with ‘Stand Your Ground’. I’m glad progress had been made in this case.

    • Mary Burrell

      @Delia: And that is so wrong. I know i am preaching to the choir i am jst angry at the injustice.

  • ALM247

    So she still ended up serving time. My Lord, what is a person to do….allow someone to beat the ever loving daylights out of them?

    Even though no one was murdered here, this is another example of how the U.S. “justice” system fails Black citizens on a daily basis.

    A Hispanic male hit one of my family member’s cars. A police officer that we know told my family member that they can not charge the man with anything.

    So basically law enforcement has decided to look the other way if you are willing to work for a reduced wage. Technically, you are not here anyway, right??!!

    We live in a nation that gives non citizens more benefit of the doubt and softer penalties than tax paying Black citizens.

    • Me

      as bad as it sounds. i woulda called ice on his butt.

  • Anthony

    Sending black folks to jail is what Angela Corey does well. It is a shame Alexander has to go back to prison for two months.

  • Mary Burrell

    The sister was standing her ground. But if i am understanding this “stand your ground” didn’t apply to her. This is so wrong Marissa deserves justice. This sister was railroaded

  • B Cooper

    So sad, this lady actually did fear for her life…still went to trial AND convicted!