Delayed, partial justice in Florida

A Florida woman who claimed self-defense after prosecutors say she fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons will finally be released from prison as part of a plea agreement.
Marissa Alexander was wrongly sentenced last Tuesday to the 1,095 days she has already served in jail after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the 2010 shooting. She also received two years of house arrest.
The 34-year-old faced an overly harsh sentence of 60 years if convicted at trial because of Florida’s minimum-mandatory-sentencing law pertaining to firearm use.
The jury at her first trial found her guilty after deliberating for only 12 minutes.
The verdict was thrown out after a judge ruled the trial court incorrectly required Alexander to prove she was abused by her husband.
The Florida self-defense case had drawn national attention after Alexander was denied immunity under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
It is outrageous that the state had sought to triple the original sentence for shooting a warning shot that actually injured no one.

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