THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — With the sentencing this week of Tavares Spencer to 25 years in prison for attempting to murder Tampa, Florida, trans woman Terrience McDonald (aka Coco McDonald) earlier this year, this marks the third tough and lengthy sentence handed down in the past few weeks to convicted killers or attempted killers of trans people.
It was only a year ago there was a lot of talk in the trans community of seemingly mostly light sentences for those harming members of the community. This year, we are seeing more arrests, quicker convictions, and now, lengthy sentences.
Here, it seems, education and awareness in society, new legislation administrative policies and outcries from the community, is paying off. But we’ve a ways to go before we see a reduction in violence.
Last week, Rasheen Everett was sentenced to 29 years for murdering NYC trans woman Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/defense-attorney-trans-victim-not-in-the-higher-end-of-the-community/
Andrey Bridges was sentenced to life for the stabbing death of Cemia Dove (aka Ce Ce, Cemia Acoff) last month: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/killers-of-trans-women-in-nyc-and-cleveland-convicted/
Tavares Spencer gets 25 years in prison for attempting to murder Terrience McDonald: Fla. teen gets 25 years in prison for attempted murder of transgender woman – LGBTQ Nation.
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