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Marissa Alexander Plans to Return to School, Find Work

Marissa Alexander Plans to Return to School, Find Work
Posted at 8:17 AM, Feb 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-09 08:17:00-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who claimed self-defense after prosecutors say she fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons says she's relieved to be out of prison, but she's not ready to be a public figure.

Marissa Alexander, 34, was released from prison Jan. 27 after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the 2010 shooting.

She was sentenced to the 1,095 days she already had spent in jail, and she also received two years of house arrest.

Alexander had faced 60 years if convicted at trial because of Florida's minimum-mandatory-sentencing law pertaining to firearm use.

Alexander tells The Florida Times-Union that she plans to return to school and work as a paralegal to support her three children.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,