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Thread: Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots

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    Courts Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots

    A Florida woman who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    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.
    CBS Affiliate WETV reports that Circuit Court Judge James Daniel handed down the sentence Friday.
    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.
    She was recently denied a new trial after appealing to the judge to reconsider her case based on Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. The law states that the victim of a crime does not have to attempt to run for safety and can immediately retaliate in self-defense.
    Alexander's attorney said she was clearly defending herself and should not have to spend the next two decades behind bars.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-...warning-shots/
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    Ridiculous.

    Especially with the price of ammo these days. Who fires warning shots?
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    Her attorneys claimed self-defense and cited the state's Stand Your Ground law, which gives people some protection from prosecution for using potentially deadly force in cases in which they feel their life is threatened.

    But a jury agreed with prosecutors that the law didn't apply because she left during the argument, got a gun and returned to confront him

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012...-defense-fails
    She didn't stand her ground. She advanced her ground.

    If someone leaves an argument, gets a gun, returns to confront the other person, and fires a gun at that person, then I think that goes beyond "stand your ground".
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    I tend to think 20 years is pretty damn excessive, considering the circumstances, but at
    the same time, leaveing, getting the weapon, and then using it....yeah....Not smart. She should've
    taken the plea.

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