Florida Woman Loses In Stand Your Ground Case


Stand-Your-Ground Defense Fails for Florida Woman  BY SAMANTHA KUBOTA<br ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO A case dealing with Florida's stand-your-ground gun law was decided Friday. A judge sentenced Marissa Alexander to 20 years in prison after firing a warning-shot in what she claims was self defense under the stand-your-ground law. WPTV has more."The judge and jury though, rejected her self defense claims under the state's controversial stand your ground law."MSNBC has how it all went down."Alexander has said that 36-year-old Rico Gray had physically abused her in a dispute on Aug. 1, 2010. She testified that she fled into a garage and got a gun, but was unable to leave the home because the garage door was stuck. She testified that she went back into the house, where Gray was with his two sons, and fired the shot."Florida's stand your ground gun law has come under scrutiny after the George Zimmerman case involving the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The state attorney in that case is Angela Corey.  Her office is also handling this case.  U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown challenged Corey in the hallway of the courthouse after the sentencing, calling this a case of "institutional racism."HLN has the video."My feeling is that your office initially overcharged her in this case. This is my feeling."But CNN reports the 20-year sentence didn't have to happen."Corey said she had offered Alexander a plea bargain that would have resulted in a three-year prison sentence, but Alexander chose to take the case to a jury trial, where a conviction would carry a mandatory sentence under a Florida law known as "10-20-life."But supporters of Alexander didn't take the sentencing sitting down..The Florida Times Union reports…"In a rare courtroom protest, a group of young individuals stood and sang 'We who believe in justice will not rest!'Circuit Judge James Daniel ordered the group out of the courtroom and out of the building entirely."WPTV reports Marissa Alexander's attorneys are now fighting for a retrial.

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