Alexander spent the last three years of her life in prison after firing a warning shot into the air to defend herself from her estranged and abusive husband.
As of Monday, Alexander must serve another 65 days in Duval County Jail. After that time, Alexander must spend another two years on house arrest.
I can absolutely understand and relate to the calculating one must go through before taking any action to stop an abuser from being abusive. That’s why I find Marissa Alexander’s story so enraging.
“Today, it’s Marissa. Tomorrow, it’s you. And yesterday, it was Trayvon.”
Alexander’s initial sentence reflected three 20-year sentences served concurrently, but Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey will now seek to sentence Alexander to consecutive sentences totaling 60 years in prison.
Marissa Alexander, the African-American Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing a “warning shot” at her abusive husband, will not return to jail for violating bail, a judge ruled Friday. Alexander is currently awaiting retrial for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In 2010, she was sentenced to 20 years under the state’s mandatory […]
Marissa Alexander, the African-American Florida woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for discharging a gun in self-defense, will get a new trial.
We stand with Marissa Alexander and support a broad repeal of Stand Your Ground laws in this country.