Familiarize yourself with the Marissa Alexander case before the media misinforms you
Taken at face value, this would be an absolutely offensive sentencing. But, this account (and many more like them) is not what actually happened.
Alexander claims she felt her life was at risk, but she left the house and went into the garage, retrieved a handgun from her car and returned to the kitchen where her husband (Rico Gray) and his two children were located. Stand Your Ground does not require that you attempt to flee, but she already had. At this point, it no longer applied. She then fired the “mere warning shot”, which in many accounts was aimed at the ceiling, but the court documents indicate “barely missed Gray’s head”.