Florida Mom imprisoned for "standing her ground" Is this fair?
New York News | New York Breaking News | NYC HeadlinesFlorida mom gets 20 years for firing warning shot at 'abusive' spouse
Fla. -- A Florida woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for
firing a warning shot in the direction of her spouse, who she said was
Marissa Alexander had claimed self-defense,
invoking Florida's now notorious "Stand Your Ground" law, saying she
fired the shot inside her home in 2010 to try and deter her husband.
Alexander, a mother-of-three, was convicted of
attempted murder after she rejected a plea deal for a three-year prison
sentence, WETV reported.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Alexander's spouse had a record of domestic violence.
In Friday's sentencing, the judge said he had no
choice under state law but to give Alexander the 20-year sentence -- the
minimum for a conviction for aggravated assault where a firearm has
been discharged, the Sentinel said.
"I didn't want to cry in court, but I just really
feel hurt. I don't think this should have been happening," Alexander's
11-year-old daughter told WETV.
A judge had rejected Alexander's "Stand Your
Ground" defense, saying she could have run away instead of firing the
gun, the newspaper said.
Under the law, a person can use deadly force to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm without first attempting to retreat.
The law has been subject to much debate after
neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman claimed a "Stand Your
Ground" defense in his fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon
This woman was being beaten at the time. She was inside the house. What was she supposed to do, jump out the window? She has children in the house. How was she supposed to get them out? She fired the gun away from him and hit the inside of the house And she could get 20 years? An educated mother with a MastersDegree? Her hisband a drink and deadbeat dad and abuser of women who admitted he abused her and previous 2 wives.
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