Should Warning Shots Be Exempt from 10-20-Life Sentencing?

By  //  September 30, 2013

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Marissa Alexander
Marissa Alexander

Florida State Rep. Neil Combee filed a bill (HB 89) that would grant immunity to people who fire warning shots to protect themeslves and others. According to the News Service of Florida, the new bill was filed on the same day that the 1st District Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman sentenced to a mandatory 20 years in prison for a shot fired during a domestic dispute in her home.

Combee filed the law citing the unitended consuquences Under the 10-20-Life law, which makes possession of a firearm while committing certain felonies is punishable by at least 10 years in prison, while discharging a firearm while committing those felonies is punishable by at least a 20-year sentence. Hurting or killing someone in those circumstances requires 25 years to life in prison.

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