Friday, May 11, 2012

Marissa Alexander sentenced to 20 years in prison

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[ SOURCE ] Saying he had no discretion under state law, a judge sentenced a Jacksonville, Florida, woman to 20 years in prison Friday for firing a warning shot in an effort to scare off her abusive husband.The law mandates increased penalties for some felonies, including aggravated assault, in which a gun is carried or used.

Marissa Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law to derail the prosecution, but a jury in March convicted her of aggravated assault after just 12 minutes of deliberation.

Alexander's attorneys tried to use the state law that allows people to use potentially deadly force anywhere they feel reasonably threatened with serious harm or death.

But a previous judge in the case rejected the request, saying Alexander's decision to go back into the house was not consistent with someone in fear for her safety, according to the Florida Times Union newspaper.

A jury convicted Alexander in March and Judge James Daniel denied her request for a new trial in April.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where is the black community for this miscarriage of justice? Why aren't our leaders protesting this sentence? We need some real leaders in our community these headline chasers we got ain't good for nothing but socializing and standing in the camera black women get killed and abused by men everyday and usually it's because our laws have failed them we need a revolution.