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Jul 2013

Florida Mom Receives 20-Year Sentence

The nation’s eyes are trained on Florida because of the racially polarizing trial against George Zimmerman, but there ...
   

Florida Mom Receives 20-Year Sentence


The nation’s eyes are trained on Florida because of the racially polarizing trial against George Zimmerman, but there is a significant update to another controversial case involving the sunshine state.

Today, Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder, inciting outrage.  The 31-year-old mother, and alleged victim of domestic abuse, gained national attention after attempting to use the “stand your ground law” to defend herself against charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  In August of 2010, Alexander fired warning shots at her estranged husband whom she says was trying to attack her inside their family home.  Alexander had previously had a restraining order against him.

More on Alexander’s story at  CBS.

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