Marissa Alexander was granted a new trial and was able to post bond just in time spend Thanksgiving with family in Florida. Alexander was convicted of firing what amounted to a warning shot to fend off her abusive husband and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Marissa Alexander was released from jail Wednesday night, according to a report from First Coast News. Her bond was set at $200,009.
Although no one was injured in the incident, a jury convicted Alexander of multiple counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in 2012, requiring a 20 year sentence thanks to Florida’s “10-20-Life” law, which sets mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with a gun. Her conviction was overturned in September when a judge ordered a retrial after finding that the jury instructions in her original trial were erroneous and had unfairly put the burden on Alexander to prove that she had fired her shot in self-defense.