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Mom Gets 20 Years in Prison

A Florida mother of three will spend a mandatory 20-years in prison for firing a warning shot in front of her ex-husband and his two children.

31-year-old Marissa Alexander testified that her ex-husband was abusive and was threatening to kill her.

So she fired a shot into the air to protect herself in august of 2010.

Florida has a "stand your ground law" which has come under scrutiny since the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Wiping away tears, she begged the judge for leniency, but the 20-year sentence offers no hope for parole.

Alexander's attorneys are fighting for a new trial.


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