*Marissa Alexander is now a free woman.
Alexander, who claimed self-defense after prosecutors say she fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons, has been released from prison as part of a plea agreement.
On Tuesday she was sentenced to the 1,095 days she has already served in jail after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the 2010 shooting.
However, she will have to serve 2 years of house arrest.
According to local Jacksonville News 4, Judge James Daniel rejected the prosecutors’ request for an additional two-year sentence. Applause erupted in the courtroom and once she was outside of the courthouse, Alexander read the following statement:
“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.”
Alexander, 34, could’ve faced 60 years behind bars if convicted because of Florida’s minimum-mandatory-sentencing law pertaining to firearm use.
The jury at her first trial found her guilty after deliberating for 12 minutes, but that verdict was thrown out after a judge ruled the trial court incorrectly required Alexander to prove she was abused by her husband.
Marissa Alexander addresses reporters following her release: