Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing warning shot in self defense (video).

Saying he had no discretion under state law, a judge…

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 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.

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.

Source: CNN

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  • Jeff

    I don’t understand how a warning shot into the air, is “an attempt to cause serious injury” or aggrivated assault. A warning shot by deffinition is not that.

  • JBone

    You think Rep. Corrine Brown would have cared if the woman was white??

  • STEVE DORAN

    WHATS CRAZY IS THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR HER IF SHE SHOT AND KILLED HIM AND SAID SHE FEARED FOR HER LIFE . SHE WOULDNT HAVE SPENT A DAY IN PRISON DO TO THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW .

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    Yep there ya go say you had no choice cause common sense cant be part of the law
    idiots

  • Jim Mullin

    Doesn’t sound like Florida to me.My wife used to live in Florida and she said guns are at least as common as they are in Texas.

  • Freddie Mac

    She should have just popped the dude. If you are gonna get a 20 stretch, might as well make it worth it.