Florida State Attorney Angela Corey strikes again….
Marissa Alexander, who won retrial after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot in the ceiling to fend off her abusive husband, could now face 60 years in prison if she is convicted again, the Florida Times Union reports.
Angela Corey couldn’t get a guilty verdict in the Michael Dunn trial for the murder of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis, but she’s pushing for three consecutive 20-year sentences for a woman who shot into drywall. The same holds true for the Trayvon Martin case where George Zimmerman walked free for murdering another black teen.
Activists from the Free Marissa Now advocacy group, which has campaigned for the release of Alexander, 33, and raised money for her legal costs, described the move as a “stunning abuse of power” by the state attorney, Angela Corey.
“When Marissa Alexander fired her warning shot to save her own life, she caused no injuries. Now she’s facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison for that act of self-defence,” Sumayya Fire, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a statement.
“That should send a chill down the back of every person in this country who believes that women who are attacked have the right to defend themselves.”
Prosecutors said they were merely following directions from state authorities. An appeals court in Tallahassee ruled last year that when convicting a defendant of multiple counts of the same crime under the state’s “10-20-life” mandatory minimum sentencing rules on gun crime, judges must make the sentences consecutive.
“Absent a plea agreement, if convicted as charged, the law of the State of Florida fixes the sentence,” Richard Mantei, one of Corey’s assistant state attorneys, told the Florida Times-Union. “At this time, Ms Alexander has rejected all efforts by the State to resolve the case short of trial.” Source: Guardian