Skip to comments.Florida Woman Sentenced to 20 Years Over Warning Shot to Abusive Husband
Posted on 05/11/2012 12:52:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
(CNN) 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.
Marissa Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Floridas 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.
The case, which was prosecuted by the same state attorney who is handling the Trayvon Martin case, has gained the attention of civil rights leaders who say the African-American woman was persecuted because of her race.
After the sentencing, Rep. Corrine Brown confronted State Attorney Angela Corey in the hallway, accusing her of being overzealous, according to video from CNN affiliate WJXT.
There is no justification for 20 years, Brown told Corey during an exchange frequently interrupted by onlookers. All the community was asking for was mercy and justice, she said.
Corey said she had offered Alexander a plea bargain that would have resulted in a three-year prison sentence, but Alexander chose to take the case to a jury trial, where a conviction would carry a mandatory sentence under a Florida law known as 10-20-life.
The law mandates increased penalties for some felonies, including aggravated assault, in which a gun is carried or used.
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This is the same bee-yotch that is persecuting George Zimmerman.
No wonder the poor wife got 20 years.
This sh!t makes me sick.
Or saying she shot at him in fear of her life, but missed.
Jury nullification could have helped here.
Got it! She should have shot him.
I wonder if she called or visited the abusive husband to ensure him she would get him justice.
For those who wonder why innocent people often take plea bargains on the advice of counsel...
The mrs. Alexander, the shooter, returned into the house with the gun in order to retrieve her vehicle keys after realizing she had left the hosue without them.
In this case, no physical evidence is presented about whether the husband actually made an assalut-like move against her. But, she should definitely have not returned into the house but run to someone else's home if she was certain-be-in-danger-of-life.
It took 12 minutes to deliberate? It sounds like we had "jurygottagethomefordinnerification."
Rick Scott should pardon her. But he won’t. After all he CHOSE this psycho bitch Corey for the Martin case!
Also what would have helped is not having a gun after committing a felony. I think that is the real meat of this.
I think she should have been found not guilty, given the following, I can sort of understand the verdict.
“She said she escaped and ran to the garage, intending to drive away. But, she said, she forgot her keys, so she picked up her gun and went back into the house. She said her husband threatened to kill her, so she fired one shot.”
Her going back into the house with the gun, seems to be what prevented her from claiming self defense.
Still, even if you don’t buy self defense, I think this seems more like reckless endagerment than aggravated assault. She did not injure, or even attempt to injure anyone. 20 years is extremely excessive.
This seems like one of the few cases where a pardon or commutation would be appropriate.
Ridiculous sentence and waste of taxpayer money.
She used common sense thinking a shot would show she was serious about him backing off.
Common sense is no longer an excuse under the law.
Hire an attorney, belt him to your waist, and go about your day, conulting occassionally.
20 years for a warning shot? People get less than that for killing someone. Women are out there cutting off their husbands’ penises, shooting them in their sleep and all other manner of nastiness, and they often get off scot-free or with a slap on the wrist, and this woman gets 20 years for a warning shot?
Sure (contrived?)to create more dissension in the Zimmermann case?
>>>Also what would have helped is not having a gun after committing a felony. I think that is the real meat of this.<<<
I read that she had no prior, criminal record.
I also read that the “victim” admitted to abusing her, and said he had “5 baby mamas” and abused all but one of them.
Angela Corey seems to really LOVE violent criminals like Gray and Martin and HATE their victims like Alexander and Zimmerman.
I think the big winner here is Mike Nifong. Soon, unjust, overzealous prosecutors, who pervert justice and persecute innocent people, will be labeled “Angela Corey’s” rather than “Mike Nifongs”.
Sucks to live in Fla.
Going to be interesting to watch Sharpton, Jackson, Holder and Obama trying to justify SYG in this case but want it used to hang Zimmerman in the Treyvon case.
I predict heads will start exploding.
I’m going to make up a huge batch of popcorn for this one.
No kidding. Call it manslaughter and she is out in four.
And, if you're not white and fire a weapon in self defense and are prosecuted it's racist....
Let's cut the crap here, if you're white it's racist....
10 is to have a gun when comitting a crime, 20 if you use it and life if you kill (injure maybe?) someone with it.
Dead men tell no tales.
“Otherwise, what’s the 10 for in 10/20/life?”
Use a gun in the commission of a felony=10 years
Fire the gun while committing that felony=20 years
If the bullet hits someone=life, can also be DEATH if that person is killed....
The anti-gun crowd did this. We have a law here that gives a mandatory sentence for any crime involving a gun.
Let’s not jump to conclusions, as the MEDIA seems so eager to do when it comes to these things.
I will say that IF this is really “as reported” (and we have plenty of reason to doubt the Obama ass kissing media), then perhaps Governor Scott can commute her sentence and/or pardon her. :)
Assuming that the woman had good reason to fear for her safety at the time she fired the shot it sounds like the husband got off *real* easy.I’ll wager that this prosecutor believes that only “beautiful people” like herself have the right to defend themselves and all others can just take what’s coming to them.
Zimmerman prosecutor under fire (video - a different case)
After Zimmerman is acquitted he needs to sue her and the state of FL for wrongful imprisonment.
There is a very important thing that habitual criminals know: whoever calls the police FIRST controls the narrative. Here he was, in violation of a restraining order, having threatened her. Police were going to be coming because of the shot. The thing to do is be the one calling the police and making it all about HER threatening HIM. The police thereupon arrested her, and the case acquired momentum.
Never fire a warning shot. ALWAYS be sure to be the first one to call police, and have your story be the one they hear.
Zimmerman has a big advantage in his case: his side of the story is the only side the police heard.
It's not just her. Corey offered a plea deal of three years, and when it was rejected Corey tried her best to get the woman convicted for 20, and an example to the others who might dare to reject a plea deal.
Well that’s just great. She’s in for 20 and the POS who brags about beating 4 of his 5 baby mamas is still free. Makes me recall why I liked that old show The Equalizer.
I’m not following why you’re saying “it’s not just her?” Corey is the prosecutor in all three cases.
Exactly. With the cost of ammunition these days, I can't believe anyone would waste money on a warning shot.
I meant "It's not just Corey, lots of other prosecutors work the same way". When a prosecutor has a defendant she thinks will be easy to railroad into a conviction, she will go for it.
Warning shot on stand your ground and what will happen if you don’t change the law?
Oh. I was hoping she was somewhat exceptional in that regard. These three cases all stink to high heaven.
I live in FL and regard it as a great law. This case is no reason to repeal it.
Thanks mama never said I was bright
Otherwise, what's the 10 for in 10/20/life?
No, it's for use of a gun while commiting a felony. Under the Florida felony firearm enhancement law (Actually passed by the very place Rep Corrine Brown does her day job), convicted of a felony where a gun is brandished 10 years, fired 20, kill life.
Marissa was offered a plea deal of three years, ie for the assault with no firearm enhancement. She decided to roll the dice and lost.
That’s just wrong.
The warning shot is the one a perp feels, right before they get hit with the 2nd & 3rd.
Well, do the crime do the time. What she did fits the definition of the crime and she used a gun so it’s 20 years. She should never have gone back to get her keys if she was afraid that her SO was going to hurt her. You don’t seek out confrontations like that with a gun in your hand and expect that things will turn out alright. Also, although the article doesn’t say it I would bet that she talked to the cops and that her own words were used to convict her in court. If she had said nothing and let her lawyer do the talking it would have been a she said he said that probably wouldn’t have been brought to trail. As it was she was stupid to not take the plea bargain, she knew she was guilty (no where in the article does any one contradict the “facts” of the case), her lawyer knew what she had told the cops and knew what the penalty was. You don’t roll the dice with that kind of risk, it sounds like she was relying on the sympathy factor of being the poor abused woman. Problem with that defense is it only works if you’ve killed him, then you can be like Mary Winkler and walk after doing a few months.
I agree with much of what you say and she did not put herself in a defensible position ... however there is absolutely no justification for 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot.