She turned down a plea deal that would of given her about three years in prison. Alexander had a masters degree and was working on her Phd at the time of her offense which was reported to police by Rico Gray.<quoted text>"...Jacksonville mother Marissa Alexander was sentenced by a Florida judge to 20 years in prison for firing what she says was a "warning shot" into the wall after a physical altercation with her husband, Rico Gray.
The case has set off yet another controversy involving the state's "stand your ground" law, which is under intense scrutiny after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February. Critics, including Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), are crying foul.
How, they ask, could a 31-year-old woman in a relationship with a man who had a history of domestic violence, and whose actions did not result in any physical injury, be sentenced to two decades in prison while George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Martin..."
You want know why? Because Alexander was a black woman, and Florida is crazy old cracker country?
If she'd killed Gray rather than firing into the sheetrock she might have won her SYG case.