marissa alexander

Marissa Alexander

*(Via Jacksonville.com) – As expected, a judge sentenced Marissa Alexander to a mandatory term of 20 years in prison this morning despite her claim that she was standing her ground when she fired what she has called a warning shot in the presence of an abusive husband and his two children.

Alexander was convicted in March of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The jury found that she had indeed discharged the firearm in the incident, resulting in her mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years due to Florida’s “10-20-Life” statutes.

In a courtroom protest, a group of young (people) stood and sang “We who believe in justice will not rest!”

Circuit Judge James Daniel ordered the group out of the courtroom and out of the building entirely.

Afterward U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown also challenged State Attorney Angela Corey at the courthouse saying the charges were overboard and labeled the case “institutional racism.” She said she has the best domestic violence attorney looking into and as well as other prejudicial outcomes against blacks. This is the beginning, not the end, she said.

Corey was firm in the punishment, noting Alexander’s gunshot easily could have ricocheted and hit the children or husband.

Alexander, 31, has claimed that she was in fear of her life from her husband, 36-year-old Rico Gray, when she went to the garage of their home and armed herself during an August 2010 dispute that had already gotten physical.

Read/learn more at Jacksonville.com.