FLORIDA – A Florida woman who won a retrial after being sentenced 20 years for firing a “warning shot” at her abusive husband could face an even scarier sentence is convicted again.
You remember Marissa Alexander, the woman who says she fired a gunshot threw the wall of her Jacksonville home to scare off her husband in 2010.
Now, state attorney Angela Corey is seeking to triple the sentence to 60 years.
While many argue it’s an abuse of power, suggesting Corey is taking this case to the extreme after guilty verdicts failed in the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis trails.
Last year Alexander tried to use Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law in her defense; but the jury wasn’t having it.
They convicted her of aggravated assault after just 12 minutes of deliberation.
Since then, the case has gained attention of civil rights leaders who say the African-American woman was persecuted because of her race.
The Free Marissa Advocacy group released this statement:
“When Marissa Alexander fired her warning shot to save her own life, she caused no injuries. now she’s facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison for that act of self-defense.”
The group also fears, if convicted what type of message will it send to survivors of violence.
However the re-trial plays out; Alexander continues to stand her ground.