Yesha Callahan

Angela Corey Looking To Increase Marissa Alexander’s Sentence To 60 Years


Marissa Alexander could face a 60-year prison sentence instead of her original 20-year sentence when her aggravated assault case is retried in July. The Office of State Attorney Angela Cory will attempt to put Alexander behind bards for 60 years if they get a conviction, according to the Florida Times-Union.

In 2012, Alexander was convicted of 3 counts of aggravated assault when she fired a warning shot to scare off her estranged husband during an altercation. She was eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison by Judge James Daniel under Florida’s 10-20 life law.  Daniel imposed three separate 20-year sentences but ordered that they be served concurrently, which meant Alexander would get out in 20 years.

On Nov. 27, 2013 Alexander was released on bond after her conviction was thrown out because  Daniel made a mistake in shifting the burden to Alexander to prove she was acting in self-defense. Daniel ruled on Jan. 10 that Alexander could remain on home detention while she awaited trial.

Alexander sought to invoke Florida’s Stand Your Ground law during her original trial, testifying that her husband was emotionally and physically abusing her during the altercation which led her to fire her gun. Stand Your Ground was denied, as the judge ruled that she fired in anger and it was upheld by the 1st District Court of Appeals.

Her trial is scheduled to begin on July 28.

In response to the recent news of an increased prison sentence Free Marissa Now released the following statement:

Demonstrating a stunning abuse of power, Florida State Prosecutor, Angela Corey, announced that she aims to increase the prison sentence for Marissa Alexander from 20 to 60 years in the upcoming July 28th trial.  In 2012, Alexander – an African American mother of three in Jacksonville, Florida —  was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years for firing a warning shot upwards into a wall to defend her life from her abusive estranged husband.  She caused no injuries.  Alexander successfully appealed the unjust trial and was granted a new trial. In November 2013, after serving nearly three years in prison, she was released on bond to home detention until her new trial.

Yet as a consequence of winning the appeal to hopefully secure a more fair trial, Alexander now faces the alarming prospect that the original devastating sentence could be tripled in the new trial.  In the upcoming trial, Corey says she intends to seek three 20 year sentences for Alexander to be served consecutively rather than concurrently, tripling the mandatory minimum to 60 years.

Free Marissa Now member and victim’s advocate, Sumayya Fire, stated, “Remember that this entire case boils down to a woman defending her life from her husband who attacked her, strangled her, threatened to kill her, whose beatings have sent her to the hospital and likely caused her to have premature labor.  A husband who confirmed in a deposition that he beat her, that he was in a rage when he attacked her, and that he has beaten other women with whom he was involved.  Remember that when Marissa Alexander fired her warning shot to save her own life, she caused no injuries.  Now she’s facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison for that act of self-defense.  That should send a chill down the back of every person in this country who believes that women who are attacked have the right to defend themselves.  Anyone who believes that domestic violence is unjust should be deeply shaken by Corey’s abusive prosecution of Marissa Alexander and should be advocating for Alexander’s freedom.”

Sumayya Fire and other members of Free Marissa Now believe that Angela Corey has launched a campaign of escalating punishment of Marissa Alexander to shield herself from charges of mishandling trials and failing to secure guilty verdicts for the murders of black teens, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, in addition to various lawsuits targeting her office for misconduct, and criticism for a pattern of maliciously over-charging defendants in order to bully them into plea bargains. “Corey is on the defense and appears to be substituting vindictiveness for justice,” said Free Marissa Now member, Helen Gilbert. “If anyone still thought Angela Corey was seeking justice rather than making a political power-play, this latest news must erase all doubt. Corey is using the full power of the system to serve her own political ambitions, at the sake of one woman’s life and every woman’s safety.”
Despite Corey’s scare and smear tactics, the national Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is resolved to fight for Marissa Alexander’s freedom, and for the lives and freedom of all victims of domestic violence.  The campaign calls on the Florida legislature to repeal all mandatory minimum laws, and ensure that judges have discretion over whether sentences can be served consecutively or concurrently.
Jacksonville activist and Free Marissa Now leader Aleta Alston-Toure’ adds, “We also call on all people who want to end domestic violence, who believe in the right to self-defense, and who want to end mass incarceration to support the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.  Alexander faces $250,000 in legal fees and $2,205 for the ankle monitor she is forced to wear while under house arrest. All these cost are waged against an innocent woman who needs everyone’s help.  A 60 year sentence for Marissa Alexander would not only be devastating for her, her children and family, and her community, it would be a decisive blow to the right to self defense for black women and all women.   Incarcerating Marssa Alexander will send a strong message to all survivors that violence against them will be ignored and they instead will be subject to prosecution if they defend their lives. It is up to us to make sure victims of domestic violence are not forced to choose between saving their lives and spending the rest of their lives in prison. Enough is enough!  Please join Free Marissa Now!”
Contributions to the Marissa Alexander Freedom Fund can be made at Free Marissa Now can be reached at,, and on facebook, twitter, and tumblr at “freemarissanow”.
The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is an international grassroots campaign led by a core of organizers representing the African American/Black Women’s Cultural Alliance, New Jim Crow Movement – Jacksonville, Radical Women, INCITE!, and the Pacific Northwest Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander.
  1. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    It’s funny how she is all ready, willing, and able to put this woman behind bars for a long time but is very laid back and smiling when it comes to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis two people who were actually murdered.

  2. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Simply crazy!

  3. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Simply crazy!

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    Simply crazy!

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    Simply crazy!

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    Simply crazy!

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    Simply crazy!

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    Simply crazy!

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    Simply crazy!

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    Simply crazy!

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    Simply crazy!

  12. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Why, Lord?

    How long will this type of miscarriage of “justice” continue?

    Where are the three separate sentences coming from? Was there more than one warning shot?

    Does Corey have a personal vendetta against Alexander?

    The ex-husband admitted to being abusive, so why is this case still open?

    Who is keeping the children? I certainly hope they are not in the care of the ex-husband.

    Is the message Corey intends to send that “African American women must be prepared to either be murdered by abusive men or be prepared to serve prison time because African American women want the same access to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that everyone else has?

    And for anyone even thinking about saying something slick, don’t think for one minute that this couldn’t happen to your mother, sister, aunt, wife, etc.

  13. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  14. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  15. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  16. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  17. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  18. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  19. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  20. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  21. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  22. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Wow she need to stop.

  23. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    We need to select a candidate to run against Angela Corey in the next election. If we put the right Black people in the system that do not conform to the system, we can bend the system towards justice.

  24. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Angela Corey is just the worst. She can’t do her job and get a conviction for people who committed actual murder, but here she is pushing for what amounts to a life sentence for someone who was legitimately acting in self defense. ‘Stand Your Ground’ gives people an incentive to murder; sadly Alexander would have been much better off under the law if she’d just killed her husband.

  25. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Vindictiveness to whom!Florida is really becoming a hostile state. Where are all the protestors? Where are all the women rallying for women? What a sad state of affairs Florida.

  26. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    i wonder if those investigation on her misconduct is showing up any bias based on race. 2 obvious murderers get off free and one victim going to jail for life. all the victims black. coincidence or conspiracy?

  27. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    If Angela Corey weren’t such an obvious racist with power, she would be a joke.

  28. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Just… Why?

  29. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    This is a true outrage and glaring example of fails in our justice system. This women can not use stand your ground when the man she fired a warning shot at has confirmed she should have been afraid of me I beat her and other women. But the men in their cars who could have just as easily drove away since they were “so afraid” are allowed the same defense. Get outta here!!

  30. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Exactly why are people rallying around this woman? Because GZ got off? The science proves she didn’t shoot in the air. The facts prove she went to the house when she wasn’t suppose to be there. And she also shot in a home where two children were at. AND before anyone claims “abuse” her bf admitted to exaggerating to try to get her out.

    What are people hoping to resolve in this case?

  31. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Trying to throw someone in prison for 60 years for NOT killing someone is a poor example of justice and frankly only highlighting the many things wrong with our legal system overall. Angela Cory is a joke, not only is she misusing her power but she is a piss poor example of a woman in the legal field. Not only is she wasting this lady’s time, she is also wasting the time and taxes for the people in Florida.

  32. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    This is some bullsiht…

  33. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    This woman is an absolute terrorist to black people. No justice, no peace, no life.

  34. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Vote Florida State Prosecutor, Angela Corey out of office!

    Repeal the Stand Your Ground Law!

    Why would anyone seek a 20 year sentence against a woman who shot a wall? And within a very short time frame present such a poor case against Zimmerman? Both of which referenced the Stand Your Ground law.

    But then, former Magistrate Judge Robert Zimmerman and his mother Gladys Zimmerman (who was a court clerk). Both have connections in the legal community run deep and go far. Who knows what DEAL Corey made?

  35. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    what is this woman’s hard on for Marissa? its like she is obsessed with making her as miserable as possible to prove a point that she can win

  36. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    “Feminism” in the US is color blind…..where are the women to protest for this woman? I know……hiding behind their computer screens

  37. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    60 years for shooting a wall? Angela Corey is obvioulsy a racist wack job. i pray Marissa beats this one.

  38. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Also, Stand Your Ground should be trashed. There are obviously many inequities and inconsistencies with how that law is being implemented.

  39. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Angela Corey needs to go. I’ve been following this story and this just hurts my feelings. What is this Angela Corey’s problem? We need to support Marissa Alexander, because this could be any of us, friends, sisters…

  40. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    And another thing. Has anybody heard about any celebrities or someone with a large platform mention this case? This is when I get angry at celebs, because I know some of them have to care about what’s going on in the world. This case is not as publicized as the other horrific Florida cases.

  41. March 3, 2014 - Reply

    Angela Corey promised the higher ups Michael Dunn would get off, and since she didn’t deliver, she promises to lock this Black Woman up just as long as Dunn. This is my speculation. I agree with another poster, Angela Corey needs to go.

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