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Prosecution Against Marissa Alexander Now Seeks 60 Year Sentence

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It's now reported prosecuting attorney, Angela Corey, will seek a triple sentence of 60 years against Alexander, for firing a warning shot in self-defense.


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Kit B (276)
Monday March 3, 2014, 9:44 am
Photo Credit: Florida Times Union

If the above photo gives the impression that Marissa Alexander is in some kind of shock and disbelief, you would most likely be correct. It’s now reported prosecuting attorney, Angela Corey, will seek a triple sentence of 60 years against Alexander, for firing a warning shot in self-defense.

In 2012, Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge James Daniel, under Florida’s 10-20-life laws. Alexander fired the shot to keep her abusive husband from attacking her. A protest campaign called, Free Marissa Now, was created before Alexander’s trial and has continued ever since. When George Zimmerman was found not guilty after killing Trayvon Martin, the public outrage exploded not only over his verdict, but over the disparity between the cases of Zimmerman and Alexander. Marissa Alexander fired one warning shot, hurt no one, and was pulled away from her children and thrown in prison for two decades. Zimmerman shot a teenager to death, and walked out of the courtroom a free man.

The Free Marissa Now protests and petitions grew stronger over the summer of 2013, and a new set of attorneys took on Alexander’s case. In September of 2013, her original trial was overturned on grounds that the court placed an undue burden of proof on Alexander, who was acting in self-defense. Prosecuting attorney, Angela Corey could have dropped the case then, but refused to back down. Ironically, Corey was the prosecuting attorney in the Zimmerman trial and was said to have been rather smug over the attention and press she received. Though Alexander’s new trial was set for the following March, it wasn’t until Thanksgiving before Marisssa Alexander was finally allowed to go home on house arrest to be with her children while awaiting her second trial, now scheduled for July 2014.

Alexander’s Attorney Bruce Zimet, made several comments:

-----He (Zimet) plans to get Alexander acquitted at trial by arguing that she was acting in self-defense. But he also intends to argue that the 10-20-life law is unconstitutional because it violates the 8th Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, and will claim that Alexander cannot be sentenced to 60 years since she was only sentenced to 20 years at her first trial.-----

George “Bob” Dekle, a retired prosecutor who is now a law professor at the University of Florida, said if Alexander is convicted again the issue of whether she should get 60 years in prison could end up going to the Supreme Court.

In March of 2010 Alexander felt her life was in danger when she fired the warning shot.


Alexander has claimed she fired a warning shot at her estranged husband, Rico Gray, and wasn’t trying to hit Gray or his two children from a previous relationship. She has said the incident, which happened days after she’d given birth, began when Gray accused her of infidelity and questioned whether the newborn child was his.

Alexander told him to leave and locked herself in the bathroom until he broke through the door, grabbed her by the neck and shoved her to the floor.
She ran into the garage but found she couldn’t leave because the garage door wouldn’t open, according to the report.

She got a gun from the glove compartment of a car in the garage, went back into the house and when Gray saw her, she said he charged, saying he was going to kill her. Alexander fired the gun.

The prosecution questions whether Alexander was truly in danger and whether she fired the shot directly at Gray.-----

Here is what continues to baffle and infuriate me, and I would imagine many others who are aware: Alexander’s husband, Rico Gray, admitted in his deposition and under oath, that he had beaten Alexander (and his other ‘baby mamas’). Gray stated Marissa Alexander did not point the gun at him, and that she did the right thing. He said he would have hurt her had she not fired the warning shot.

So then, what happened? Gray later changed his story. Well, of course he did. He had incriminated himself with those statements and had they come up in court, he’d have been the one to jail. Instead, Gray testified he feared for his life. It takes all of my calming skills when I write about this case. The injustice taking place is incredible, and again evident on Marissa Alexander’s face in the photo. I can’t imagine the fear she must be experiencing after having been sentenced once already, to 20 years, and now knowing 60 years in prison could very well become a reality given Florida’s fucked-up Gunshine state laws.

----“It’s unimaginable that a woman acting in self-defense, who injured no one, can be given what amounts to a life sentence,” said Free Marissa Now spokeswoman Helen Gilbert. “This must send chills down the spine of every woman and everyone who cares about women and every woman in an abusive relationship.” ----

Once again, the Florida courts take an unfavorable national spotlight, and many of us will hold our breath in fear of what verdict and sentence will be imposed upon Alexander this July. And I will not stop writing about this case until Marissa Alexander is free.

Source: Florida Times Union

Special thanks to Jennifer Rao.

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JL A (281)
Monday March 3, 2014, 11:01 am
this one makes me sick. There are many women serving long sentences from convictions of killing their abusers in the days before domestic violence self defense was given legal recognition.

Elle B (81)
Monday March 3, 2014, 11:02 am
Ty Kit . . . And GOP Florida flys its true colors. . . was wondering what depraved actions Angela Corey would conger up to "stand HER ego-ground." Florida is run by some of the sickest creatures in the nation and is a blatant and egregious example of the direction the GOP intends to take the entire nation. The governor was co-founder and CEO of Columbia/HCA which was found guilty of the grandest Medicare Fraud billing case in US History [14 felony counts...$1.7 in penalties, fines and damages.] Of course following GOP- SOP he simply resigned and was not found personally guilty of any charges. Now there's a very familiar tune, one sung by companies and a state run by Mitt Romney and Chris Christie, and more. GOOD GRIEF...what will it take for this country to realize that Crimes Against The People are GOP leaders MO. One Nation under Racist Robber Barons Creed [now the model of "SUCCESS."] Of course the heads in sand and azzes crowds are yet the majority of citizens---so that won't be noticed by many anytime soon. Until Florida changes rulership and rids itself of it's depraved GOP legislation and practices. . .steer clear of their courts. . . So SICK-SICK-STUPID-SICK. . .

“When one with honeyed words but evil mind
Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.”
― Euripides, Orestes

“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.” ―Louis D. Brandeis, US Sup Court Justice

"Now I know the full power of evil. It makes ugliness seem beautiful and goodness seem ugly and weak." ―
August Strindberg

"When the bad imitate the good there is no knowing what mischief is intended." ―Publilus Syrus, 47 BC

... Hocus pocus, tontus talontus, vade celeriter jubeo...


Robert B (60)
Monday March 3, 2014, 3:19 pm
This case is SO ABSURD! Angela Corey is one big incompetent for doing this. It just makes me sick.

Kit B (276)
Monday March 3, 2014, 4:09 pm

Incompetent is not the word I thought of for Angela Corey. She is very strategic in her moves against defendants. George Zimmerman, last name is not Hispanic, he looks white so go for 2 second degree, but don't push the case very hard and let the defense win. Marissa Alexander or 17-year-old Jordan Davis, these cases scream out racial injustice.

Carrie B (306)
Monday March 3, 2014, 4:14 pm
This goes beyond disgusting racist behavior!

Barbara K (61)
Monday March 3, 2014, 7:16 pm
This case is as ridiculously as unfair and racist as they come. Florida is earning itself a "Murder State" label, but she didn't commit murder. The men who did commit murder got away with it. There is such a difference from one shot in the air, and many shots in a body. That prosecutor has to know that and I hope that Ms. Alexander has a good attorney. Florida obviously isn't interested in justice and fairness. What a racist state it has become.

Mike M (40)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 6:18 am
Petition on Change dot org petitions/remove-state-attorney-angela-corey

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 6:24 am
Justice is not only blind, but deaf and dumb in this case - how totally ridiculous it is. Florida is earning itself quite a reputation and it's not a good one...

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 6:41 am
Many moons ago, a reference to Florida would allude to warm weather, palm trees, "It's a Small World", key limes and a place to visit or retire. True colors become visible with mass media and corruption.
Angela Corey’s 21st Century Public Lynching of Marissa Alexander

Debra G (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7:06 am
Ms. Corey is a piece of work:
2006: In 2006, while serving as an Assistant State Attorney, Corey was fired by State Attorney Harry Shorstein, who cited "long-term issues" in her supervisory performance.
2011: In 2011 Corey's office oversaw a case in which 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez was accused of killing his two-year-old brother.
2012: In 2012, after Corey directed prosecutors to seek to try 12 year-old Cristian Fernandez as an adult, a petition on calling on Corey to reconsider received 185,000 signatures.
2012: On March 22, 2012, Florida governor Rick Scott appointed Angela Corey as Special Prosecutor to investigate the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
2012: On April 11, 2012, Corey charged George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree.

pam w (139)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7:42 am
This is just STUNNING in a State where ''Stand Your Ground" was created. STUNNING. Almost makes me wonder if Ms. Corey has the intention to run for Governor.

john d (152)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:05 am
This creature is a self confessed woman abuser and beater. What did the court expect her to do ,stand there and get beaten up maybe killed. I would lay odds that if the judge was in that position ,he would have retaliated in some way. She must have been terrified .Drop the charges against her.FREE HER NOW.

Jessica O (9)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 9:21 am
This is really pathetic, she may as well have killed him. Thanks for the link Mike to remove racist Angela Corey from that position. I signed,

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 9:28 am

Angela Corey sounds like she is an obvious racist.

Marissa Alexander should be set free while her estranged husband, Rico Gray,
should be sentenced to prison for assault and battery against Marissa.

ty, Kit.

. (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 10:24 am
What a complete and utter travesty of justice. This prosecutor is just out to make a name for herself. Florida has got to be the most effed up state.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 12:44 pm
WTH??? Seriously?? "Corey was the prosecuting attorney in the Zimmerman trial and was said to have been rather smug over the attention and press she received". She's out to make a name of herself, and nobody is going to stand in her way....I agree with Jim's comment on this, and in addition to assault and battery, child endangerment should be filed against Rico Gray, as his children were there too, when he tried to kill Marissa.!!
Unreal. Thanks, Kit for this.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 4:00 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. Michael K. said it for me: "utter travesty of justice." I've already signed many petitions in behalf of Ms. Alexander. This is just shocking to me.

fly b (26)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:35 pm

fly b (26)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:37 pm
Please Sign: No More Jail Time for Marissa Alexander!

fly b (26)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 8:40 pm
Susan's petition-post

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 9:29 pm
Petitions above signed.

ty, Jess for the info and links.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:07 am
Justice? I don't think this State understands justice. You KILL someone you get off but if you warn or miss your shot you get a prison sentence. I don't, and many others also do not understand this so called justice. I certainly signed all of the petitions. Poor woman, may she find the strength to endure these horrifying events.

Candy L (473)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 6:43 pm Another petition for this that I posted early this morning

Jim Phillips (3247)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:21 pm
Candy's NOW petition signed from above box at Wednesday March 5, 2014, 6:43 pm

Petition at:

ty, Candy for the links.
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