Pastors: Original plea deal in Marissa Alexander case

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - 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 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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