Detroit man says 'stand your ground' kept him out of prison

Detroit man says 'stand your ground' kept him out of prison

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

Michigan's "stand your ground" law is practically the same as the Florida law, and there are a lot of people hoping that a review leads to it being repealed.

However, we spoke with one Detroit man who said "stand your ground" quite possibly saved his life and without a doubt kept him out of prison.

"If it wasn't for [the] 'stand your ground' law, right now I would be in jail, and my life could've been taken at that point," said Darrell Standberry.

It happened nearly two years ago, but Standberry remembers like it was yesterday the moment he fatally shot a man trying to steal his SUV.

"I got out of the vehicle to go inside to pay for gas," he said. "I turned back and looked, and he was already in the driver's seat of my vehicle."

"He turned around and looked and [saw] that I was still standing there, and that's when he reached in his pocket to pull out his weapon. And I pulled out my weapon, and I fired one shot. And he took off in my vehicle."

His ride was wrecked, the carjacker was dead, and Standberry was arrested. He was never charged with a crime, and he said it's thanks to "stand your ground".

Not everyone is that happy with the law.

After George Zimmerman's acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case, the law has come under heavy scrutiny.

"I am not one of those guys that wants to take your gun away from you," said state Rep. Harvey Santana.

However, he does want to review the law and for Democrats and Republicans in Lansing to have a conversation about "stand your ground" and let the chips fall where they may.

"Maybe what we find out is that we have the best law in the union as it relates, and maybe we are the model for the nation to pursue legislation on. Maybe we find out we need to tweak this a little bit," Santana said.

Standberry doesn't buy it.

"If you're reviewing it, you're trying to make changes to it. That's what you're trying to do," he said.

Santana insisted he does not want to repeal the law, but there are a lot of people in Lansing who want it gone as soon as possible.

However you feel about it, one thing is clear. "Stand your ground" is no longer on solid ground.

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