Doesn’t Stand: FL Court Overturns Marissa Alexander Sentence

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JACKSONVILLE, FL — When it comes to the Stand Your Ground Law, folks think about high-profile cases like George Zimmerman. He walked free after shooting and killing 16-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Well, that’s not what happened to Marissa Alexander. A jury sentenced the 33-year-old mom to 20 years back in 2012.

Alexander testified she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband in self-defense.

But, she was found guilty of aggravated assault. Why? Because she got the gun out of her car and then came back to fire that shot.

Prosecutors argued that it put the lives of her husband and kids in danger.

Alexander is getting a second chance in the courtroom. A judge has overturned her conviction — maybe because Florida changed its Stand Your Ground law back in June.

Now it’s legal to fire a warning shot in self-defense, as long as it doesn’t end up in the back of someone’s head.

Alexander claimed in the first trial her shot wasn’t aimed to kill, it was aimed at keeping her husband from killing her.

Now it looks like another jury will get a shot at setting Alexander free.

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