A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander. But the appeals court also said the judge was right to block Alexander from using the state’s “stand your ground” law as a way to defend her actions.

Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her. But the judge at her trial said her conviction on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon carried a mandatory 20-year sentence under state law.

Her case in Jacksonville has drawn attention and criticism aimed at mandatory-minimum sentencing laws.

6 thoughts on “Marissa Alexander, Serving 20 Years for Firing Warning Shot, Gets New Trial

  1. She got 20 years because she broke the law. Now if she would have just shot him and claimed she feared for her life there would have been an entirely different result. She might not have even seen the inside of a courtroom, Stand Your Ground had nothing to do with what she did.

  2. Ruth O'hara on said:

    “The irony of the 10-20-life law is the people who actually think they’re innocent of the crime, they roll the dice and take their chances, and they get the really harsh prison sentences,” Newburn said. “Whereas the people who think they are actually guilty of the crime take the plea deal and get out (of prison) well before. So it certainly isn’t working the way it is intended.” (Huffington Post article) Even if the alleged perpetrator takes a plea and gets little or no jail time, they are still branded a Felon for life and become a victim of the ‘New Jim Crow’ anyway.

  3. Marissa Alexander should be release immediately and her record cleared. People of color have always been subjected to harsher sentencing law then their white counter part. This will continue until we ban together and let the Criminal Justice System know that enough is enough. Our people are being used to keep others employed.

  4. the Timekeeper on said:

    If there is one shed of light coming out of the Zimmerman trial, it showed the extreme double standard and disparity in how we treat brown people in the so-called judicial system. I think pressure was bough to bear when they realzed what happened to Marissa Alexander as opposed to that other freak. She doesnt just need a new trial, she simply needs to go home! It is horrible that it has taken the death of Trayvon Martin to put the spotlight on this injustice. On the other hand it is also proof that his dying isnt in vain.

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