Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Pardon woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting gun into the air to defend herself from abusive husband
In a state where “Stand your ground” is law, a woman received a mandatory sentence of 20 years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She did not harm anyone, but the state nonetheless punished her for self-defense. Tell Florida Governor Rick Scott to pardon her.
After getting repeated threats and being abused by her husband Rico Gray, Marissa bought a gun. Just nine days after Marissa had given birth to their daughter, he allegedly threatened to kill her and tried to strangle her. She then fired her gun in the air. Gray has a documented history of abuse and conceded in the deposition that if children were not present at the scene, he would have probably hit her. “I got five baby mamas and I put my hands on every last one of them except for one.” Then he changed his story, saying that he lied to protect his wife.
State Attorney Angela Corey argued against both George Zimmerman and Marissa Alexander. Corey argued, according to the Washington Post, ”She didn’t need to use that gun. Those kids were scared to death. They ran for their lives.” Corey dismissed “Stand your ground” and brought in the “10-20-Life law,” which punishes anyone who fires a gun while committing a felony with a 20-year minimum sentence. While the jury deliberated 13 hours during the George Zimmerman case, it only took 12 minutes to convict Marissa Alexander. It did not matter that she had a restraining order against him or that she did not harm anyone. She is serving 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
Since Rick Scott is defending the “Stand your ground” law in the case of George Zimmerman, it is only consistent to pardon Marissa Alexander, who only sees her three-year-old daughter in photographs. Rico Gray, her abuser, has custody. He is considered a victim, and his wife – a criminal. She is a responsible mother who in very difficult and emotional circumstances did not harm anybody and only scared her abuser so that he ran out the door. She acted responsibly and courageously. Tell Rick Scott to pardon her now.
Dear Governor Scott,
Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole, is not guilty of committing a crime. She was defending herself and did not harm anybody. Her husband Rico Gray repeatedly abused her, threw her against the wall, pushed her into the bathtub and tried to strangle her. Just nine days after she gave birth to her daughter, he threatened to kill her because he was jealous of text messages that he found on her phone. She fired her gun in the air to save herself and scare the intruder, who broke into her home. She had a restraining order against him, and his violence against women is no secret.
In the deposition he said, “I got five baby mamas and I put my hands on every last one of them except for one.” In court he recanted his story, saying that he lied to protect his wife from prosecution. It only took the jury 12 minutes to convict Marissa to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon under the “10-20-Life law.”
Marissa Alexander’s fate is in your hands, Governor. Currently, her abuser is considered the victim and also has custody of their now three-year-old daughter, who Marissa sees only in pictures. She was protecting her life against a person with a proven record of abuse. Please pardon her.
[Your Name Here]
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