Circuit 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.