Yesha Callahan

Marissa Alexander Released From Prison


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.”

Photo Credit: Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union/AP

  1. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    So happy for her.

  2. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    Two years of house arrest for a woman protecting herself, meanwhile zimmerman is still going on rampages throughout Florida and attending gun shows. This country is beyond f——-.

    • January 28, 2015 - Reply


      I couldn’t agree more! Racism is alive and well, blacks will always get harsher consequences than every other race group and it’s f’ked up! But I’m happy something good came out of the horrible tragedy of young Trayvon’s murder. It shed light on Ms. Alexander’s horrifying injustice…

  3. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    House arrest is not freedom. The woman could be reincarcerated for buying groceries because I noticed that shopping is not a grounds for her to leave her house according to the article.

  4. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    Marissa Alexander is still not truly free while that Jackass Zimmerman is still free to have regular run ins with the law, and the clown that killed Jordan Davis very nearly was acquitted of murder. That Jacksonville DA is great at prosecuting black folks and does not protect black victims, like Ms. Alexander worth a damn.

  5. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    good luck to her & her family. it’s gonna be hell trying to stay out of the system now. 2 yrs w/an ankle bracelet is a huge window for anything to go wrong. especially with teenagers. she can control everything the 4 yr old does for the next 2 yrs but teens have a special gift for dropping emergencies that throw a parent’s whole day outta wack. i really hope she has a good support system to see her through these 2 yrs. i would really hate to see her name back in the news over a technicality. meanwhile did her husband ever stand trial for all the abuse he put her through?

  6. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    I am happy that she is out of jail. It is important to note that many people in the world, who have done much worse than her, have not experienced a single day in jail at all (or some have escaped true justice all together). Marissa Alexander facing 60 years in prison at one time was a total injustice against her. That is why laws have to be changed. Marissa Alexander definitely needs support, encouragement, and prayers. She is experiencing a transitional part of her life. We all want her dreams to be fulfilled and she is a strong black woman. She has the power to have a great professional career.

  7. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    thank god she is released from jail I hope she have a new prospective on life, friend and companionship and have the wisdom and strength to make changes where need concerning the company she keeps moving forward, if she would allow him too the boyfriend that call the police on her should get him a second job and help her get on her feet with no strings attached. Again I wish her well and hope she have learn something positive while going though this ordeal.

  8. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    And they are making her pay for her own monitor as well

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