Marissa Alexander May Face 60-Year Sentence in Retrial

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey seeks to triple Alexander's sentence.

Posted: 03/03/2014 08:35 AM EST
Marissa Alexander

(Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Department)

The office of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey is looking to give Marissa Alexander a 60-year prison sentence in a retrial for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband, according to Florida-Times Union.

She was given 20 years for the same crime in the original 2012 conviction. If Alexander is convicted a second time, she may face essentially a life sentence. Her trial is set to begin on July 28. 

In 2012, the 33-year-old woman was convicted on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Each count carried a 20-year sentence, but Florida Circuit Judge James Daniel ruled that Alexander would serve one 20-year bid for all the convictions. 

The "Stand Your Ground" case was widely criticized after Alexander was denied immunity under the self-defense law. A new trial was ordered for Alexander in September 2013.

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