JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Pastors are calling for the Jacksonville State Attorney's Office to offer the original plea deal to a woman who received a lengthy sentence for firing what she claims was a warning shot during a fight with her estranged husband.
Marissa Alexander rejected a deal that would have sent her to three years in prison. She was later convicted and sentenced to 20 years. The conviction was overturned and she's scheduled for a July 28 trial.
The Florida Times-Union reports the ministers say the community needs deal with what they call a growing violent crime problem.
Rev. Mark Griffin of Wayman Ministries says that Alexander should get a second chance at the original plea deal. If so, she'd likely be free in months because of time served.