Will Jodi Arias Ever Be Released From Prison? She Was Sentenced Years Ago
One of the most notorious criminal cases of recent years will be brought to life through a new documentary on Investigation Discovery on Sunday. Jodi Arias, who was convicted in 2013 for the 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, according to USA Today, is going to yet again be thrust into the spotlight as the doc closely examines the events of the investigation. The trial ended nearly five years ago, but still remains scrutinized by the public to this day. Ahead of viewing Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery, many may be wondering if Jodi Arias will ever get out of prison.
For now, it seems extremely unlikely. According to the same USA Today piece as cited above, Arias was charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to "natural life in prison" after two juries failed to unanimously decide upon the death penalty. Essentially, Arias will be imprisoned for the rest of her life with no possibility for parole. For some jurors though, this wasn't enough — according to ABC News, only one juror was what stood between Arias and the death penalty when the sentencing was handed down in 2015. “Eleven of us strived for justice for Travis, but to no avail,” one of the jurors said in a group audio news conference following the verdict reading, according to ABC News. “We absolutely thought [the punishment] should be death.”
“I feel that the one holdout had her mind made up from the beginning and what angered me was the biggest thing that angered me was that she alluded that the death penalty would be a form of revenge," another juror said in the same piece. According to the ABC News report, this sole juror who had disagreed with the death penalty began as an alternate juror, coming into the process late and even telling other jurors that she had seen "bits and pieces" of a Lifetime original movie detailing the Arias case, which some thought may have influenced her decision-making. “I think she came in and expected to see a monster in there because of what she saw on TV and the news and when she came in and saw it wasn’t,” another juror said, according to the same ABC News story.
According to a 2015 AZ Central report, the law in Arizona states that after a second trial with a hung jury regarding the death penalty, Arias could not be tried again and must receive life in prison. The rest of the jurors, it seems, were not the only ones disappointed with the sentencing. The victim's family also handed out a statement to media following the sentencing, expressing their dismay.
"Travis Alexander's surviving brothers and sisters Gary Alexander, Dennis "Greg" Alexander, Tanisha Sorenson, Samantha Alexander, Hillary Wilcox, Steven Alexander and Allie Iglesias are saddened by the jury's inability to reach a decision on the death penalty," part of the statement read, according to the same AZ Central report. "However, they understand the difficulty of the decision, and have nothing but respect for the jury's time."
To this day, Arias' case remains a developing one. Though she has been in prison for years, she still plans to appeal the first-degree murder conviction, according an article from the Associated Press published as recently as this past October. However, clerical issues and transcript errors are delaying the process even further, the outlet reported, so it still seems like it'll be some time before any further progress is made for Arias' appeal. For now, she remains in Perryville Women's Prison in Goodyear, Arizona, according to the New York Daily News, serving her life sentence.