The Fourth Strike by Richard Alan Dickson
Approx. 5,400 words.
Published on November 30, 2013 by
Grey Cat Press.
When Doyle Hunter received his third strike, he expected life in prison. He expected to disappear from society forever. He expected that they'd lock the door and throw away the key. He did not expect to be hauled out to some secret trial to see if they shouldn't just execute him, instead... and he certainly didn't expect the alien.