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Florida Woman Given 20 Years for Firing Warning Shot Gets New Trial

A woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall amid a dispute with her allegedly abusive husband will receive a new trial, A Florida appeals court has ordered.

The original judge in the case judge did not sufficiently instruct the jury handling the trial of Marissa Alexander, the First District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday.

Alexander, 32, has said that her husband, 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.

The appeals court said Thursday that the judge was correct to bar Alexander from using the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law as a way to defend her discharge of the gun.

But, Judge James H. Daniel wrote in the ruling, "we remand for a new trial because the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous."
"I'm absolutely ecstatic," said Michael Dowd, a New York lawyer who has defended domestic violence victims since the 1970s, and is representing Alexander pro bono.

Alexander's attorneys had claimed self-defense and cited Stand Your Ground, which gives people some protection from prosecution for using potentially deadly force in cases in which they feel their life is threatened.

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wow maybe there is hope for justice afterall

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Re: Florida Woman Given 20 Years for Firing Warning Shot Gets New Trial

Let's hope there is a better outcome this time.

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20 years for firing a warning shot. Yet child molesters get no more than 5 years meaning they can serve 2 1/2 years on good behavior. Nice justice system we have.

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Old 09-28-2013, 11:31 AM
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That judge ought to be removed

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20 years is extreme but she def deserves jail time for it.

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20 years is extreme but she def deserves jail time for it.
Are you fucking kidding?!?

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Re: Florida Woman Given 20 Years for Firing Warning Shot Gets New Trial

Don't know enough about the trial to understand why she was given 20yrs.
Maybe it had something to do with the proximity of the two children.

Hopefully the retrial results in a more reasonable ruling.

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Don't know enough about the trial to understand why she was given 20yrs.
Maybe it had something to do with the proximity of the two children.

Hopefully the retrial results in a more reasonable ruling.
I believe the 20 years is the mandatory minimum for illegal use of a firearm in Florida. She wasn't allowed to use the Stand Your Ground law.

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Are you fucking kidding?!?
No I'm not. You can't go to someone's house with a gun, get in an argument, go back to ur car and grab the gun, then fire at them. According to what I have read this is what happened. Yes she deserves jail time.

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