MIAMI— Today Senator Dwight Bullard (D-39) sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott urging him to pardon Marissa Alexander, a Floridian and mother facing a mandatory minimum sentence that should have been avoided under the current Stand Your Ground law.
“This is a complete and utter outrage,” Senator Bullard stated. “How can a mother who previously had no criminal record, living in fear for her life, and shooting no one, get a 20-year sentence and the gunman of a 17 year-old child goes completely free!”
Marissa Alexander shot a weapon in her home August of 2010 during a heated dispute with her then-husband Rico Gray. Gray has a documented case of domestic abuse. Alexander says that the shot fired was a warning shot and was not intended to harm anyone. A judge ruled that Alexander was not eligible to use stand your ground as a defense because he saw Alexander as the aggressor.
Ms. Alexander currently faces 20 years in prison for discharging a weapon under the controversial 10-20-Life law which has mandatory minimum sentencing requirements. Under current state law the governor’s office has the authority to pardon those who have been sentenced in a court of law.