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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-12 06:34 AM
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Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots (aka standing your ground while black & female?)
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May 12, 2012 10:32 AM

Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots


BS News) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - <snip>

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.

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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.

"I really was crying in there," Marissa's 11-year-old daughter told WETV. "I didn't want to cry in court, but I just really feel hurt. I don't think this should have been happening."

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.


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57433184/fla-mom-ge...

I guess we'll be hearing more facts?
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