Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville, Florida woman jailed in 2012 over a warning shot she fired to defend herself from an attack by her abusive husband, was freed from house arrest Friday.
According to the anti-violence initiative Survived and Punished, Alexander, a mother of three, has completed two years of court-ordered home confinement, after she served nearly three years in state prison on weapons and assault charges. In 2014, following an appeal of her conviction in a jury trial, Alexander accepted a plea deal to avoid [Prosecutor Angela Corey's threatening her with] a potential 60 year sentence behind bars...
Her case drew national notoriety in 2012 because of another case in Florida — the shooting and death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida — in which self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman claimed self-defense as the reason he shot the unarmed black teen. Furthermore, activists say Alexander's case accentuated a persisting inequity for women of color who are disproportionately victims of domestic violence and who decide to fight back....
Former* state attorney Angela Corey, the same prosecutor who charged Zimmerman, said she didn't believe that Alexander meant to defend herself against her admittedly abusive estranged husband Rico Gray.
* IT WASN'T LONG AFTER COREY FORCED ALEXANDER INTO A PLEA DEAL THAT BLACK ACTIVISTS GOT THE VOTES TOGETHER TO
FIRE PROSECUTOR ANGELA COREY
(BLACK VOTES ALWAYS MATTER)