Marissa Alexander ,the 31-year-old Florida woman who fired what her family calls a warning shot at her abusive husband, was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years in prison.
Marissa believes she was under the protection of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law but apparently the judge and jury decided differently.
According to Huffington Post:
Alexander was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for firing into a wall near her husband and his two young children at their Jacksonville home in 2010. Alexander has maintained that she wasn’t trying to hurt anyone and that she was standing her ground against a man who had over the course of nearly a year punched and choked her on several different occasions. Alexander says that she believed she was protected that day under the state’s Stand Your Ground Law, which gives people wide discretion in using deadly force to defend themselves.
Marissa could have got if with 3 years if she accepted a plea bargain but she denied in hopes she could convince the jury and judge her firing the weapon was self-defense.
This case has been compared to the Trayvon Martin case, both stirring controversy around Florida’s self-defense and gun laws.
While Marissa’s family has been coming to her defense and believes the system has done her wrong, state attorney Angela Corey says their is a misinformation being spread about the case. Corey claims Alexander commited actions on the night of the incident and in the months to follow that landed her in this predicament.
SOURCE: Huffington Post