Florida Times Union

Published: Mar 25, 2014 8:23 AM EDT

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 (http://bit.ly/1fdYTSs) 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.
    
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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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