A woman in Florida was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her husband. Marissa Alexander had a restraining order against her husband, Rico Gray, for previous incidents of domestic violence.  


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She was charged with committing aggravated felonious assault and was convicted in 12 minutes by a jury in Florida. On the Is It Legal segment of The O’Reilly Factor, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl discussed the harshness of the sentence.

Alexander had just given birth to their child but was staying at her mother’s house. When Rico showed up, he read her phone and saw that she had texted her ex-husband. After a fight ensued, Alexander managed to get to her car. She said she left her keys and had to go back, this time taking her gun for protection.

That’s when she fired the warning shot near Rico, without hitting him. Two children ages 10 and 13 were in the house at the time, whom the prosecution argued could’ve been killed. Since she left the house and then returned with a gun, she was not allowed to use the Stand Your Ground law as a defense.

Guilfoyle noted that the case was prosecuted by Angela Corey, the same special prosecutor in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Bill O’Reilly reacted, saying, “It’s a hard sentence. […] I hope Governor [Rick] Scott takes a look at it.”


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