Marissa Alexander could face 60 years

Marissa Alexander may face 60 years in prison for firing what she says was a “warning shot” at her abusive estranged husband, as the Florida State Attorney’s office prepares to retry her on three counts of aggravated assault.

Alexander had been serving a 20-year sentence for aggravated assault when a judge ordered she receive a new trial, finding that the jury instructions in her original trial were erroneous. Many of her supporters cheered the announcement, believing that the mandatory minimum 20-year sentence was overly harsh for Alexander, who tried unsuccessfully to use Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law in her defense.


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