Re: 20 years for firing a warning shot
posted at 5/14/2012 11:37 AM EDT
Well, this is an example of the deep perversion of justice that results when voters indulge their warm and fuzzy self-righteousness by voting for "get tough on crime" politicians. Said politicians turn around and pass laws with massive mandatory minimums.
Mandatory minimums do not make sure that the real bad guys do the time they should - those guys would get a lengthy sentence no matter how much discretion the judge has because whatever they did was really bad. All minimums do is ruin lives in questionable cases.
20 years is an extreme injustice, even if the woman isn't totally innocent.
SB: As for self-defense, this is an odd intersection of benig in one's home, stand your ground, and the facts: She re-entered the house to get her car keys. But she did not need her car to leave if she felt in danger. She could have just ran to a neighbor's house. Instead, she went back inside to the confrontation.
This is an opportunity for the governor and/or Obama (I don't know if FL governors can pardon) to show compassion....
Corey said the case deserved to be prosecuted because Alexander fired in the direction of a room where two children were standing.
Alexander said she was attempting to flee her husband, Rico Gray, on August 1, 2010, when she picked up a handgun and fired a shot into a wall.
She said her husband had read cell phone text messages that she had written to her ex-husband, got angry and tried to strangle her.
She said she escaped and ran to the garage, intending to drive away. But, she said, she forgot her keys, so she picked up her gun and went back into the house. She said her husband threatened to kill her, so she fired one shot.
"I believe when he threatened to kill me, that's what he was absolutely going to do," she said. "That's what he intended to do. Had I not discharged my weapon at that point, I would not be here."
Alexander's attorneys tried to use the state law that allows people to use potentially deadly force anywhere they feel reasonably threatened with serious harm or death.