Case of Florida Mom Getting 20 Years for “Warning Shots” Under Scrutiny Following Zimmerman Verdict

In the hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty…

In the hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for his role in a shooting, the case of Marissa Alexander, who is facing 20 years for firing warning shots at her abusive husband, has received an awful lot of scrutiny.

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.

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.

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.


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  • Doogie

    Yep they should have waited until her cold dead body was found….way to go Fla.