CNN; December 1, 2013
A Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun to scare off her allegedly abusive husband has been released from prison as she awaits a new trial, her attorney said.
Marissa Alexander was released Wednesday night, attorney Bruce Zimet said.
Last month, an appellate court ordered a new trial for Alexander. The case will be retried because the jury had incorrect directions, the court ruled.
Alexander’s case gained the attention of civil rights leaders, who say nobody was hurt and the sentence for the mother of three was too harsh.
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