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Oct 15, 2009 8:28 AM by Sarah Rosario

The RANT: Domestic Abuse Victims

A Eunice woman convicted of killing her husband two years ago is now serving her time at home instead of behind bars. In April of 2007 Anna Alexander was sentenced to ten years in prison for the murder of her husband Austin Alexander. She pled guilty to manslaughter.

Since then, a doctor came forward and classified Anna as a battered wife. Her sentence was reduced to house arrest. She's spent the last two years behind bars and will spend the next two inside her home finishing her sentence.

"I think the court recognized that a life had been lost and there were certain sanctions that needed to be applied but that Anna really wasn't going to be a threat to society. This was a one time event that was related to the abuse she received at the hand of her spouse over a period of 35 years," said Alexander's lawyer, Clay Lejeune.

Alexander's lawyer says she was victim of physical and sexual abuse for 35 years. There are no records in the St. Landry parish courthouse to support that claim but a court appointed specialist testified on her behalf. Alexander's daughter would only tell us she knows the couple would argue. "He was a good man, he worked, he provided, he was a good provider, he was a Christian man, "said daughter Terri Alexander.

Terri Alexander was living in Houston at the time when she found out about her father's death. She said she thought he died because he was sick. She thought he died in his sleep, but was told the truth when she got to Eunice.

After her two years under house arrest Alexander will spend five on supervised probation. Her lawyer said this was an isolated incident based on decades of abuse.

"Over a 35 year period there were times when the victim was positive. but repeatedly there were cycles of abuse that ultimately led to this act," said Lejeune.

Sarah Rosario

srosario@katctv.com

So we ask you...

Should proven victims of domestic abuse be given special consideration during criminal sentencing?
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