Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., received a 20-years prison sentence, Friday, May 11, 2012, for firing warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband. Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville had said the state's "Stand Your Ground" law should apply to her because she was defending herself against her allegedly abusive husband when she fired warning shots inside her home in August 2010. CBS Affiliate WETV reports that Circuit Court Judge James Daniel handed down the sentence Friday.
Under Florida's mandatory minimum sentencing requirements Alexander couldn't receive a lesser sentence, even though she has never been in trouble with the law before. Alexander was convicted of attempted murder after she rejected a plea deal for a three-year prison sentence. She was recently denied a new trial after appealing to the judge to reconsider her case based on Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. Alexander's attorney said she was clearly defending herself and should not have to spend the next two decades behind bars.
Alexander's case has drawn support from domestic abuse advocates - and comparison to the case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who has claimed self-defense in his fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Alexander pushed past Gray and went into the garage where she got her gun from her car's glove compartment.
Gray told prosecutors in the deposition that Alexander came back into the house holding the weapon and told him to leave. In August 2011, a judge rejected a motion by Alexander's attorney to grant her immunity under the "Stand your Ground" law. Alexander's case was prosecuted by Angela Corey, the Florida State's Attorney who is also prosecuting George Zimmerman.
Corey initially offered Alexander a three year deal if she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, but according to CBS affiliate WTEV, Alexander did not believe she had done anything wrong, and rejected the plea. Taking a good portrait is hard enough, but taking one hanging from a cliff with model is balancing on the edge of another cliff is a whole new ball game.


I run a little bit against the current trends of natural light only and lifestyle types of sessions. My wife Vicki, usually takes care of the lighting bur if we need it on the side of a cliff, our guide usually handles that. I almost always work with my wife, Vicki, on any session so I have someone for off camera lighting.
To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. Stefan Kohler is a conceptual photographer, specialized in mixing science, technology and photography. When he isn't waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses.
She told police it was to escape a brutal beating by her husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order. Judge Daniel said the law did not allow for extenuating or mitigating circumstances to reduce the sentence below the 20-year minimum.
The law states that the victim of a crime does not have to attempt to run for safety and can immediately retaliate in self-defense. According to a sworn deposition taken in November 2010, Marissa Alexander's husband, Rico Gray, 36, said that on August 1, 2010, he and Alexander began fighting after he found text messages to Alexander's first husband on her phone. Alexander was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and because she discharged a firearm during the incident, the case fell under Florida's "10-20-life" law, enacted in 1999, which mandates a 20-year sentence for use of a gun during the commission of certain crimes. Her bet did not pay off: the jury in the case returned a guilty verdict in less than 15 minutes. Photography duo Jay Philbrick and his wife Vicki are known for their devil daring (yet utterly safe) extreme photoshoot where they put models on cliffs edges, inside deep wells, and on steep snow slopes and light them to perfection. I’ll do both of these things but I usually wind up supplementing what light I find with one or more lights and I direct my clients and models a lot.


We are sort of known for this kind of photography, so many come to us looking for something different.
The model was very excited about the session and seemed OK with the whole thing until we got her right on the edge where she had to go over. The two were already estranged - according to her father, Alexander had been living at her mother's since the birth of the couple's daughter nine days earlier, and Gray, a long-haul trucker, said he spent the night before in his tractor-trailer. In his deposition, Gray said "she shot in the air one time," prompting him and the children to run out the front door. I like the juxtaposition of beauty against starkness, so I look for a lot of stark or dramatic landscapes, fields, streams, cliffs, etc. We go over how the shoot will be handled, explain what I will be doing, what our mountain guide will be responsible for and what the model has to do. I’ll often use a Phottix Indra 500 in an octobox or umbrella depending on how much I want to limit the light spread, as well as a kicker, hair, or rim light as well as possibly a reflector, scrim, or flag. Gray began calling her names, saying "If I can't have you, nobody going to have you," and blocking her from exiting the bathroom.
We talked about it a bit and tried a couple things to reassure her but she wasn’t comfortable with it so we moved on. My go-to lens is an 80-200 for portraits, often as wide open as I can get it, and that and a 24-70 for figures on a landscape.
For something like the cliff sessions we also have our mountain guide, Marc Chauvin of Chauvin Guides International, as well as a third photographer, Justin Macomber, who has worked with us for years. I was a climbing guide for a long time and have had extensive training in risk management, client care, rope work, avalanche hazards, and so on.



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