Marissa Alexander Could Be Thrown Back In Prison For Running Errands
The Florida mom who lost a controversial “Stand Your Ground” case afterÂ firing what she called a warning shotÂ at her abusive husband might be thrown in prison again if a judge rules she violated the strict terms of her release.
Prosecutors claim thatÂ Marissa AlexanderÂ violated the terms of her November in-home detention by shopping for clothes, driving family members to the airport, going to the bank and running other errands, the Florida Times-Union reported.
Alexander, 33, who is preparing forÂ her March retrial, claims through her lawyers that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office signed off on every trip, according to CNN.
Her first trial in 2012 drew national attention. A judge denied her argument that the single shot she fired near her estranged husband and stepchildren was legal under the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. Instead, she was convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm.
No one was wounded in the shooting and the mother of three had a clean record. Mandatory sentencing rules, however, stipulated that she receive a 20-year sentence — a penalty that many decried asÂ excessive.
An appeals court ordered in September that she deserved a new trial, becauseÂ the jury received improper instructionsÂ from the judge about proving self-defense.
Paying a $150,000 bond in November, Alexander was released and givenÂ home detention, according to station WAWS.
Source: Black Voices