Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s office announced that they will seek a sentence that is triple that of what was originally handed to a woman who fired a warning shot in self defense.
Marissa Alexander could face a 60-year prison sentence in her retrial this summer.
Alexander, 33, was previously convicted in 2012 of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge James Daniel under the state’s 10-20-life law. Daniel actually imposed three separate 20-year sentences on Alexander but ordered that they be served concurrently, which meant Alexander would get out in 20 years.
In September, the 1st District Court of Appeal threw out the conviction after determining that Daniel made a mistake in shifting the burden to Alexander to prove she acted in self defense.
Prosecutor Corey tried to place Alexander back in detention, after bringing forth charges that she violated her parole guidelines while waiting for a new trial.
The retrial is set for July 28.
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