Marissa Alexander Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges

By Jackie Smith

The Jacksonville mother who fired a gun toward her husband is back in jail.  Marissa Alexander pleaded guilty Monday to three felony counts of assault.

Bruce Zimet, her attorney, said, “Ultimately, that was her choice.  Choose between 65 days in the county jail or 60 years mandatory minimum in a Florida state prison and quite frankly that’s a no-brainer.

Alexander’s 20-year prison sentence was thrown out on appeal last year. This plea cancels her retrial that was set to begin next week.

She pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for shooting at at her estranged husband back in 2010. She agreed to spend 65 more days in jail to complete a three-year sentence.

“I’m proud of her,” said Alexander’s mother, Helen Jenkins “She is courageous. She is compassionate and ultimately, we are just waiting for her to come home.”

Part of the agreement with prosecutors will keep the 34-year-old in house arrest for two years.

Alexander agreed that when she’s let out in late January, she will wear a GPS monitoring device on her ankle, allowing her only to leave home for work, church and the doctor.

“I support her. I love her and I’m proud of her,” said Jenkins.

Alexander had her 20-year sentence last year thrown out on appeal.

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