Florida's law does not require any prior criminal history. A first offense gets the full monty. I have no knowledge of CA's law.
According to The Florida Department of Corrections website: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/10-20-life/
10-20-LIFE has helped to drive down Florida's violent-gun crime rates by 30%. The state's 2004, "Index Crime" rate is now the lowest in 34 years, and the violent crime rate is the lowest in a quarter century.
The 10-20-LIFE public information program continues. The Florida Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Executive Office of the Governor, and the Florida Legislature continue to inform the public that Florida's tolerance for crime is over. Staff from the Department of Corrections has provided several community presentations on gun violence, and distributed materials about 10-20-LIFE.
In 1998, criminals in Florida used guns to commit 31,643 violent felonies, including 13,937 armed robberies. That year, the mandatory punishment for using a gun to commit a violent felony was only three years in prison. During his campaign for Governor in 1998, Jeb Bush proposed the toughest gun-crime law in the nation: 10-20-LIFE. Under 10-20-LIFE, a felon who used a gun to commit a crime like armed robbery would face at least 10 years in state prison.
The 1999 Florida Legislature passed sweeping legislation that provides for enhanced minimum mandatory prison terms for offenders who commit crimes with guns.
The results under 10-20-LIFE are impressive. In only six years, from 1998-2004, 10-20-LIFE has helped drive down violent gun crime rates 30 percent statewide. During the 10-20-LIFE era, armed criminals robbed a total of 10,567 fewer people and killed a total 380 fewer than they would have if these crime numbers had remained at 1998 levels. These crime decreases occurred even as Florida's population increased over 2.5 million (16.8 percent) between 1998 and 2004. Punishing criminals who use guns is making our state safer.
NOW.... I know that as this case was reported this woman does not specifically fit into the mold listed above... However her case would be classified as a "violent crime" for crime stats.... as I stated previously, perhaps her case could be a test case to have the law changed...
If we are going to compare our criminal punishment system to that of other countries I think we will find that the US is very lenient on MANY MANY crimes and thus the reason that the US has the issues that it has with crime that it does. The fear of punishment is just not as great here as it is elsewhere. (I am not referring to this case, crimes in general)