Marissa Alexander Gets New Trial After Being Sentenced to 20 Years For Firing a Warning Shot

An appeals court has ordered a new trial for Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a gun during an a dispute with her ex-husband.

Even though Alexander claimed Florida’s Stand Your Ground law against her husband, she was still handed down a lengthy sentence.

The 1st District Court of Appeals judge ruled that the judge did not properly instruct the jury during trial. However, the court agreed that Alexander should not have been able to use the  Stand Your Ground defense during trial.

Mandatory Minimums

“We reject her contention that the trial court erred in declining to grant her immunity from prosecution under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law,” wrote Judge James H. Daniel, “but we remand for a new trial because the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous.”

Alexander claimed she only fired the gun at the ceiling as a warning to her ex-husband during the 2010 dispute. No one was injured in the incident.

The jury convicted Alexander after only 12 minutes. After she was convicted, she was sentenced based on the mandatory “10-20″ law.

“That is excellent. I’m overjoyed. I think the court made the right decision. She was overcharged, It never should have gotten as far as it did,” said the NAACP’s Isaiah Rumlin, who works out of he Jacksonville branch.

The prosecutor in the case was Angela Corey, who also prosecuted George Zimmerman. When asked about the social media outrage surrounding the sentence, Corey responded, “I think social media is going to be the destruction of this country.”

Given the trend toward overcharging and racking up convictions in the “win” column, one could make the case that prosecutors are more of a threat to this country than social media.

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