Interlude whilst we await Zimmerman's Florida court verdict
A Florida woman who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville had said the state's "Stand Your Ground" law should apply to her because she was defending herself against her allegedly abusive husband when she fired warning shots inside her home in August 2010.
She told police it was to escape a brutal beating by her husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order.Oh, she is a black woman, by the way.
CBS Affiliate WETV reports that Circuit Court Judge James Daniel handed down the sentence Friday.
Alexander was convicted of attempted murder after she rejected a plea deal for a three-year prison sentence. She said she did not believe she did anything wrong.
She was recently denied a new trial after appealing to the judge to reconsider her case based on Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. The law states that the victim of a crime does not have to attempt to run for safety and can immediately retaliate in self-defense.