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Marissa Alexander, Stand-Your-Ground Defender, Goes Public After Jail

By    |   Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 12:34 PM

Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman jailed for firing a warning shot during an attack by her abusive, estranged husband, gave her first television interview Wednesday after being released earlier this week. She said she has no regrets, and maintains she did nothing wrong in defending herself.

"I don't really feel any different about it, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter," Alexander told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I can’t go back and change what has been decided or what hasn't been decided. I’m just glad I’m out now and I can put all that to bed."

She said she was especially excited to return home to her third child, a daughter born just days before the firearm incident.

In 2010, Alexander fired what she describes as a warning shot into the wall of her home, missing her husband Rico Gray. The gun was registered to her name, and her two daughters were home at the time.

Alexander was subsequently charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She refused to take a plea deal, instead entering a "stand-your-ground" self-defense plea.

The ensuing trial ended after just 12 minutes of deliberation, and landed Alexander a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in jail.

After an appellate court vacated the case on technical grounds, Alexander was set for a retrial. State prosecutors said they would push for a punishment of 60 years in the new trial, however, so she agreed to a plea bargain in November. Under the terms of the plea, her sentence was capped at three years of prison time, which she had already served the majority of.

Reuters reported that Alexander will serve two years of so-called house arrest, wherein she'll be made to wear an ankle monitor that allows her to travel to work and her daughters' school.



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