TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A U.S. 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 court 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 Florida's "stand your ground" law as a way to defend her actions.
Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her. But the judge at her trial said her conviction on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon carried a mandatory 20-year sentence under state law.
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