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Angela Corey Corrine Brown Marissa Alexander

Receives 20 year sentence

19 May, 2012

cbrown-jpgCircuit Judge James Daniels sentences Alexander to 20 years under the state’s “10-20-life” law. The law says that anyone who shows a gun in the commission of certain felonies receives an¬†automatic 10 years prison sentence. Fire the gun, and it’s an automatic 20 years. Shoot and wound someone, and it’s 25 years to life. Alexander’s relatives begged ¬†for leniency but he said the decision was “out of my hands:”

The Legislature has not given me the discretion to do what the family and many others have asked me to do

U.S. Representative Corrine Brown, a vocal detractor of Angela Corey, tells the prosecutor her views in a confrontation outside the court:

The Florida criminal justice system has sent two clear messages today. “One is that if women who are victims of domestic violence try to protect themselves, the `Stand Your Ground Law’ will not apply to them. … The second message is that if you are black, the system will treat you differently.