A 33-year-old woman could end up in prison for 60 years when she’s retried for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and two of his children.
Marissa Alexander was convicted in 2012 on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 20 years — three counts served concurrently. An appeals court tossed the conviction, saying the judge made a mistake in shifting the burden to Alexander to prove she acted in self-defense.
Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei told the Florida Times-Union the state is simply following sentencing laws in seeking 60 years.
The same court that ordered Alexander’s retrial ruled that when a defendant is convicted of multiple counts from the same crime, judges must make the sentences consecutive.
Critics say it’s outrageous to seek triple the original sentence.
Regardless of what you think about “Stand your Ground” laws it’s obvious that an injustice has been done in the case of Marissa Alexander. 20 years for a warning shot. what type of system do we live in where Marissa would have been better off if she had shot her boyfriend? I know some want to repeal the “Stand your Ground” law in Florida but that wont immediately help Marissa.
One thing that will is a pardon from Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He has the power to pardon her and correct this injustice. Please sign the petition and add your voice to mine in asking Gov. Rick Scott to pardon Marissa Alexander.