A little bit of good news on this Thanksgiving Day. Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, has been released on bond. She is now under house arrest as she awaits a new trial. Her pre-trial release comes with conditions, which include:
- Remain under the supervision of the pretrial services program at all times
- Subject to electronic monitoring through the CTC at all times
- Remain on home detention until completion of her case and will be allowed to leave her residence except for court appearances, medical emergencies and to satisfy any requirements of PSP or the CTC
- Report all required court appearances and all required appointments with he PSP or its designated service provider
- Alexander cannot change her residence without prior notice and approval by the PSP or its designated service provider
- Cannot have contact with, nor communicate by any means with Rico Gray, Sr., Pernell Gray and Rico Gray, Jr.
- Alexander shall abide by all court orders in the divorce proceedings involving Rico Gray, Sr., including all orders that pertain to child custody, exchange of child custody for visitation shall be facilitated by a third party
- Alexander shall not possess any firearms, nor shall there be any firearms in her residence at any time during her pretrial release
- Shall not consume any alcoholic beverage or drug not prescribed by a physician
- Must abide by all rules and regulations for the PSP and the CTC including random drug testing
- Alexander shall be subject to warrantless searches of her residence by CTC officers or any JSO officer conducting such a search at the direction of CTC personnel, to ensure compliance with her pretrial release conditions
In 2012, Alexander, a mom, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she contends was a warning shot to scare off her her abusive husband during an altercation. She wanted to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground defense to argue her case, but was denied the opportunity. She rejected the prosecution’s offer of three years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea, so when the jury found her guilty, she faced a mandatory minimum of 20 years under the state’s “10-20-Life” law.
While I think Alexander was wrongfully convicted and sentenced in the first place, and hope she gets the justice she deserves in her new trial, I’m certainly glad that this Jacksonville mother gets to spend the holidays with her family where she belongs. [First Coast News]