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The Jacksonville mother once sentenced to 20 years for shooting into a wall will now serve 65 days in county jail and two years under house arrest under a new plea agreement. 

Marissa Alexander agreed to take a plea deal Monday afternoon. 

She pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and because she has already served time, she'll only spend 65 more days behind bars.

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The 2014 governor's race and crime in Jacksonville are making headlines this week.

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A prevalent local street gang has been dealt “a serious blow,” according to Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

The Duval County grand jury Thursday indicted a 13-year-old boy on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 54-year-old homeless man. State Attorney Angela Corey said he will be tried as an adult. Our news partner News4Jax has the full story.


Attorneys for Marissa Alexander will have to wait a little longer to find out if testimony on her estranged husband’s troubled past relationships will be allowed in trial.


The Jacksonville mother that could face up to 60 years for shooting a firearm was back in court Thursday as several other women testified her estranged husband had a history of abuse.

Jordan Davis’s father Ron Davis wiped away tears as Assistant State Attorney John Guy made his final statements before jury deliberations in the retrial of Michael Dunn Tuesday.


Jordan Davis leaned back and cowered in the moments before his death.

That’s the picture Assistant State Attorney John Guy painted before jurors on the first day of testimony.

Two weeks before a Florida man fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren, someone called the state child abuse hotline, worried that adults were doing drugs in front of the kids, according to documents released Monday.

Authorities said 51-year-old Donald Spirit called 911 from his mobile home Thursday warning he might hurt himself or others. By the time a deputy arrived, Spirit had committed suicide. And he had killed 28-year-old Sarah Spirit and her six children, including an infant girl born in June.


A Medical Examiner's Office expert will be allowed to testify on the pathway of the bullets that struck 17-year-old Jordan Davis the night he was killed, a circuit judge ruled Thursday.

A Florida judge set a tentative trial date on Wednesday in the case of a 72-year-old man accused of fatally shooting another man during an argument in a movie theater.

Judge Pat Siracusa set a March 2 trial date and said he wants to move the case along as quickly as possible for the sake of the families involved. Another hearing to confirm the date is set for Oct. 15. Siracusa said he expects the trial to last three weeks and garner significant national media attention.

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The family of Michelle O'Connell, who was found dead in the home she shared with a St. Johns deputy in 2010, wants an expanded probe into her shooting.

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Dealing with crime in Jacksonville has become an issue for business owners in the city’s so-called "Ceasefire Zone."

University of South Florida researchers are expected to make an announcement Thursday regarding their continuing dig to unearth the remains of boys believed to be buried on the property of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

The goal behind exhuming the bodies is to provide closure to families searching for answers into the fate of their loved ones believed to have died from alleged abuse at the former North Florida reform school.

An internet security breach of near biblical proportions is causing great concern around the globe.