USA: Florida woman’s sentence could be tripled in stand-your-ground retrial


Palesa Manaleng

According to the Guardian, a Florida woman who won a retrial after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a “warning shot” in the direction of her violent husband has been told that her jail term could be tripled if she is convicted again.
Marissa Alexander was convicted on three charges of aggravated assault in 2012 for firing warning shots in the direction of Rico Gray, her estranged husband and his two children. No one was hurt.
Activists from the Free Marissa Now advocacy group, which has campaigned for release of Alexander, 33, and raised money for her legal costs, described the move as a “stunning abuse of power” by the state attorney, Angela Corey.
In a statement, Sumayya Fire, spokeswoman for the group said “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.”

Circuit Judge James Daniel, originally slapped Alexander with three twenty-year prison sentences, but ordered that they be served concurrently. If Alexander is convicted a second time in July, State Attorney Angela Corey will seek consecutive sentences, adding up to sixty years in prison.

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