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Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots

Posted by on Jul. 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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CBS NEWS/ May 12, 2012, 10:32 AM

Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., received a 20-years prison sentence, Friday, May 11, 2012, for firing warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband. The judge rejected a defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., received a 20-years prison sentence, Friday, May 11, 2012, for firing warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband. The judge rejected a defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. / WETV

(CBS News) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida woman who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville had said the state's "Stand Your Ground" law should apply to her because she was defending herself against her allegedly abusive husband when she fired warning shots inside her home in August 2010. She told police it was to escape a brutal beating by her husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order.

CBS Affiliate WETV reports that Circuit Court Judge James Daniel handed down the sentence Friday.

Under Florida's mandatory minimum sentencing requirements Alexander could receive a lesser sentence, even though she has never been in trouble with the law before. Judge Daniel said the law did not allow for extenuating or mitigating circumstances to reduce the sentence below the 20-year minimum.

"I really was crying in there," Marissa's 11-year-old daughter told WETV. "I didn't want to cry in court, but I just really feel hurt. I don't think this should have been happening."

Alexander was convicted of attempted murder after she rejected a plea deal for a three-year prison sentence. She said she did not believe she did anything wrong.

She was recently denied a new trial after appealing to the judge to reconsider her case based on Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. The law states that the victim of a crime does not have to attempt to run for safety and can immediately retaliate in self-defense.

Alexander's attorney said she was clearly defending herself and should not have to spend the next two decades behind bars.

Alexander's case has drawn support from domestic abuse advocates - and comparison to the case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who has claimed a "Stand Your Ground" defense in his fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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So...fuck you black people? 

Yeah. That's pretty much it. 

RandRMomma
by Maya on Jul. 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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I remember this. This is why I will not go back to Florida. It's obvious that their justice system isn't meant for blacks.
RandRMomma
by Maya on Jul. 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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This was actual self defense, and she was punished. Florida is one fucked up state.
turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jul. 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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yup again....not surprising.  She is black and she could of possibly hurt that fuckwit who had stalked threatened, harrassed and ABUSED her.

she goes away for 20 years because she could of possiblied hurt a white person ...somewhere...if her bullet had made it out of the house and fell on someone....somewhere..

HIJKLM
by Bronze Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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Yet Zimmerman is not guilty smh
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Mommabearbergh
by on Jul. 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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Florida just seems to have a real screwed judicial system.
Shoota
by Lauren on Jul. 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

WTF?? That is horrible. banging head into wall

tiffyhamm
by Gold Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM
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She may have gotten off had she killed him.

AlekD
by Gold Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM
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The injustice is so glaringly obvious it makes me sick.
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coupon_ash_back
by on Jul. 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Now that's an actual self defense tactic unlike someone else ahem...
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