However, the Circuit Court Judge James Daniel handed down a 20-year sentence. Under Florida's mandatory minimum sentencing requirements Alexander could receive a lesser sentence, even though she has never been in trouble with the law before. Judge Daniel said the law did not allow for extenuating or mitigating circumstances to reduce the sentence below the 20-year minimum.
"I really was crying in there," Marissa's 11-year-old daughter said. "I didn't want to cry in court, but I just really feel hurt. I don't think this should have been happening."
Alexander was recently denied a new trial after appealing to the judge to reconsider her case based on Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. The law states that the victim of a crime does not have to attempt to run for safety and can immediately retaliate in self-defense. Her attorney said she was clearly defending herself and should not have to spend the next 20 years in prison.
Alexander's case has drawn support from domestic abuse advocates - and comparison to the case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, in his fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman who is "white" and male was cleared of all charges, in a case, where Stevie Wonder could see he was guilty, yet Alexander, who is Black and female sits in prison. Justice American style.