Marissa comes from a military family and was born and raised in her young child hood on Ft. Jackson army military base in Columbia, S.C. She will later move and relocate to Florida and remain there where she grew up playing sports and later graduate from high school and continue on to college earning a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology, and later earned her MBA working full time as a manager in a payroll firm. While gainfully employed Marissa took great pride in the nurturing and rendering of her 3 children and continues to be a huge influence on their success.
She was arrested and charged with aggravated assualt in August of 2010 for firing a single warning shot after being attacked by her then estranged husband. In August of 2012, Marissa was sentenced to twenty years in prison under Florida’s harsh minimum mandatory sentencing policies. In 2013 an appellate court overturned her case as a result of faulty jury instructions. In November 2013 she was released on bail and required to stay on house arrest. After a long journey fighting for her freedom Marissa accepted her original plea agreement of three years and completed her sentence of 65 days in the Duval County Jail. Upon release she remained on an ankle monitor under strict probation supervision. Finally, in January of 2017, she was released. Her story gained national attention and shed light on harsh minimum mandatory sentencing policies as well as the Stand Your Ground Law.