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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"New trial for woman sentenced to 20 years for warning shot"


A Florida appeals court has ordered a new trial for a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to scare off an abusive husband.

Although no one was injured in the August 2010, shooting, State Attorney Angela Corey prosecuted Alexander on an aggravated assault charge that carried a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence because a firearm was involved. . . .

The First District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday "the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous" and ordered a retrial, U.S. News & World Report said.

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Alexander's defense lawyer tried to use the state's "stand your ground" law, but a judge rejected that argument before her trial.

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