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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No spin here. The law is only "controversial" to the liberals.