DES MOINES, Iowa -- Sera Alexander is pleading guilty to lesser charges for the shooting death of her estranged stepfather, Anthony Hartmann.
Alexander and prosecutors agreed to a deal on Wednesday afternoon that will have her plead guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Use of a Firearm. A charge of Second Degree Murder will be dropped.
Alexander admits she shot and killed Hartmann in her home in 2017. Alexander contended that she acted in self-defense and didn't know that a no-contact order against Hartmann had lapsed. The defense says while they were unaware a plea deal was in works until Wednesday afternoon, they say the outcome is fair.
"We still feel we are limited without use of the changes and amendments to the law commonly known as the 'Stand your Ground' law but the judge decided that didn’t apply in this case. But for the law we had applied to this case we do believe that this is a fair resolution to it," says Jamie Deremiah, one of Alexander's attorneys.
Deremiah says the agreement to the lesser charges means there is no mandatory prison time. Alexander's initial second degree murder charged carried up to 50 years in prison if convicted. He says he will argue for Alexander to receive probation at the sentencing. A date has not been set.