For those who are new to Marissa’s case and those who want more context, here’s a helpful timeline of key milestones and events. Please participate in the current fundraiser to raise $11,000 in 10 days to cover Marissa’s ankle monitoring fees.
2009: Marissa receives court injunction after batterer is arrested for domestic violence
August 1, 2010: Nine days after giving birth to a premature daughter, Marissa is attacked by her abusive estranged husband at their shared home.
Marissa retrieved her lawfully registered gun and fired a warning shot upwards into a wall to prevent him from beating her to death. No one was injured by her warning shot
February 10, 2011: Marissa’s incarceration begins.
August 17, 2011: Marissa is denied Stand Your Ground immunity from prosecution.
May 11, 2012: Marissa is found guilty of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and receives a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.
July 10, 2013: Marissa is denied bond pending her appeal of the guilty verdict.
September 26, 2013: Marissa successfully appeals the 2012 trial, the guilty verdict is overturned, and she is – not free – but given the right to a new trial.
November 27, 2013: Marissa is released on bond the night before Thanksgiving. She spent 1,021 days in prison. She is placed on house arrest with special conditions, including requiring her to post a $200,009 bond, remain under the supervision of the Pretrial Service Program (PCP) at all times, be subject to 24/7 electronic monitoring, and remain in home detention until the completion of her case – she’s charged $4000/month
January 7, 2014: State Prosecutor Angela Corey files a motion to revoke Marissa’s bond release, claiming that Marissa violated the conditions of her release
January 10, 2014: Corey’s motion to revoke Marissa’s bond release is denied & Marissa remains on “home detention,” but with more restrictive conditions
March 1, 2014: Corey seeks 60 year sentence for Marissa
June 10, 2014: Judge Daniel postpones Marissa’s trial to December 8, 2014
June 21, 2014: Changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law go into effect, including expanding the law to cover warning shots. Marissa’s case is cited as an inspiration for the reform – but it does NOT apply retroactively to her case!
July 21, 2014: Marissa is denied a new Stand Your Ground hearing, which means she will not receive immunity from prosecution and must defend herself again in a new trial that will be expensive and long. Her new trial is scheduled to begin December 8, 2014.
November 24, 2014: Marissa ‘accepts’ a plea deal which includes time served (1,030 days) plus 65 days in jail beginning now PLUS two years of probation serving house detention while wearing a surveillance monitor she has to pay for.
Jan 27, 2015: Marissa has to return to court and face charges once again