Marissa Alexander, Florida Woman Who Became Center of Debate on Race and ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law, Has Been Released from Prison

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Marissa Alexander
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Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother who fired warning shots to stop her abusive ex-husband’s attack in 2010, may finally see the dark days of prison behind her, with a judge releasing her late Tuesday to serve the rest of her sentence on house arrest.

“Today, after the sentence given by Judge Daniel, my family and I will be able to move on with our lives,” Alexander, reading from a prepared statement, said shortly after her release, News 4 Jaxreports. “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.”

According to the news station, Alexander will have to wear a GPS monitor 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.”

She will have to seek a judge’s permission to do anything else.

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Source: The Root |  .

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