Monday, April 23, 2012

Marissa Alexander sentencing postponed: faces 20 years for firing gun while standing her ground

In Florida, a woman fires a gun into the ceiling to scare off her estranged husband who chocked her and threatened her life; she had taken out a restraining order against him. But the state of Florida prosecuted her, convicted her and she's facing up to 20 years in prison. Even more ludicrous is the crime she was convicted of: aggravated assault without intent to harm. How can you have an assault without the intent to harm?
The 31-year-old mother of 3 was convicted of 3 counts of aggravated assault without intent to harm, for firing her gun at the ceiling of her home to scare her husband. The incident which happened August 1, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida, got her arrested even if no one was hurt. Marissa's version of events claimed she fired the gun at the ceiling to ward off her husband who she alleged had abused her that day. She said he had choked her and fearing for her life she had returned to the house after the garage where she had fled to, suffered a mechanical failure and couldn't be opened. Prior to this incident Marissa had reportedly taken out a restraining order against her husband. The Jacksonville police and the State Attorney's office knew all this yet the mother of 3 was still arrested, charged and convicted. Her conviction could land her behind bars for over 20 years.
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