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Marissa Alexander, 31. The mother of three was sentenced to twenty years in prison for firing a warning shot to fend off an attack from her husband.

Marissa Alexander, 31. The mother of three was sentenced to twenty years in prison for firing a warning shot to fend off an attack from her husband.

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Marissa Alexander, woman sentenced to 20 years for firing warning shot, gets new trial

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander. But the appeals court also said the judge was right to block Alexander from using the state's "stand your ground" law as a way to defend her actions.