Stand your ground - revisited

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Stand your ground - revisited

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/justice/florida-stand-ground-sentencing/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

In a nutshell, a woman claims she was in fear for her life. She tried to flee her abusive husband but realized she forgot her car keys. She went back into the home to get her keys and filed a warning shot in the wall towards a room where her children were.

She unsuccessfully claimed it was self defense and was convicted of aggravated assault with an increased penalty due to her use of a firearm.

To be clear: no one was shot.

Her sentence? 20 years.

What are your thoughts? Should she have been acquitted under the stand your ground law? Taken the plea of 3 years? Serve 20 years in prison?

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She should have taken the three years. If she was worried for her life she wouldn't have gone back in and I don't think most mothers would have left in the first place without the kids. WTF shoots a bullet into the room where they know their kids are?

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"wlillie" wrote:

She should have taken the three years. If she was worried for her life she wouldn't have gone back in and I don't think most mothers would have left in the first place without the kids. WTF shoots a bullet into the room where they know their kids are?

See, this is the tricky part for me...without her keys, she has to flee on foot. Realistically, how far could she have gotten if she was in danger?

The 20 years seems extreme though compared to the sentences others have received for various crimes.

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Our nearest neighbor growing up was over a mile away and my mom didn't trust them, the next one was almost a mile and a half. Ask me how many times she came back in the house to get something when my Dad lost it.

She was mad; as I would have been too; a gunshot with two kids in the house let alone the same room is not the answer though.

http://politic365.com/2012/05/15/angela-corey-speaks-on-marissa-alexander-case/
Alexander had an order of protection out on her husband

During a 25 minute interview with Politic365, Corey wanted to make it clear that Marissa Alexander had shot in the direction of her husband Rico Gray, Sr. during their argument on August 1, 2010 and that Alexander assaulted her husband in a separate incident on December 30, 2010 which landed her back in jail.

“They can not tell the public that she fired a warning shot into the ceiling that is simply not what happened,” Corey said. “She aimed the gun in the direction of Mr. Gray and the two boys,” Corey asserted. “This was definitely not a warning shot. He was in the living room with the two boys right next to him getting ready to go out the front door and she fired the gun right at the wall — we’ve got photos you can see,” Corey said.

eta-I agree 20 years is wrong though.

MUCH more detail:
http://www.thegrio.com/specials/trayvon-martin/angela-corey-lashes-out-at-critics-of-marissa-alexander-prosecution.php

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

See, this is the tricky part for me...without her keys, she has to flee on foot. Realistically, how far could she have gotten if she was in danger?

The 20 years seems extreme though compared to the sentences others have received for various crimes.

She could have gotten as far as a neighbours to call the police for help. That is far enough.

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"wlillie" wrote:

Our nearest neighbor growing up was over a mile away and my mom didn't trust them, the next one was almost a mile and a half.

In that case I can see it.