Security guard's conviction overturned after serving sentence
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- An appeals court overturned the prison sentence of a security guard nearly three weeks after he finished serving his prison term.
Sixty-two-year-old Marin Stroia was found guilty of trespassing at the Broward Courthouse with a gun. Back in January of 2011, Stroia walked through an exit door carrying a pistol and pointed it at himself. "I only filed for divorce from an abusive wife and mother and they pushed me to commit suicide," Stroia said. "That's how I end up in the courthouse with a gun. Just to commit suicide."
In February of 2012, during his trial, Stroia told courts he had drank poison and collapsed, but that was proven false. He was released from jail Aug. 15.
The appeals court ruled on Thursday that the prosecutors on the Oakland Park resident's case improperly selected jurors. Such actions may cause Stroia to return to trial. "I hope they don't," Stroia said. "This time, I'll be understanding and talk to them. I'll talk to the jury."
Stroia currently resides at home with his son and plans and leaving Florida. "The state of Florida has about 194 prisons," Stroia said. "They call it Sunshine State, I'd call it state prison."
The state attorneys office is considering whether or not to retry Stroia.
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