10-20-Life

It’s been an ongoing argument in Florida, shoot to kill or shoot to warn? The choice may allow you to walk free or spend years behind bars at a state prison.

“We don’t want laws to tell society that you shoot and kill somebody to make sure you don’t have to go to jail because a dead man can’t talk,” said Attorney Ben Crump.

The consequences of firing but not killing came to light in the case of Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville woman who fired a warning shot at her husband and got 20 years in prison.

Right now, if you pull a gun, it’s a mandatory ten years in prison; fire it and its 20 years.

Based on the Alexander case, a Governor’s task force recommended changing the law.

State Representative Neil Combee says there should by a way to protect yourself without killing someone.

“Shoot to kill is a bad idea. I think that most people, I think its human nature most people don’t want to shoot anybody,” said Combee.

State prosecutors don’t want the 10-20-Life law changed, but police agencies are open to change.

“20 years for people who really haven’t physically harmed anybody, you start thinking man we need to find a way from preventing this from happening,” said Combee.

A Senate Committee has already passed minor changes to Stand Your Ground, but it did not address 10-20-life changes.


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