18 year old accused in chrissy polis beating gets 5 years + 3 years probation

20.09.2011 § Leave a comment

a fraction of the max but still, she was charged as an adult, with hate crimes and first-degree assault (doesn’t this shit usually have to be armed??). seems like a crazy sentence for a first time unarmed offender. the 14 year old is still in juvey.
For those who don’t remember:
Teonna Monae Brown, 19, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault and a hate crime in the beating of Chrissy Lee Polis, 22. The April attack drew national attention after a video went viral online, and it became a rallying point for transgender-rights advocates.

Brown, who tearfully apologized in court Tuesday, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with five years suspended, plus three years of supervised probation, as prosecutors sought. The maximum sentence for the crimes is 35 years.

The situation of two black young women attacking a white transwoman has been cast unilaterally as a hate crime against Chrissy Polis on the basis of her being trans. Polis herself speaks in this video, and seems to believe it was a case of some girls attacking her for supposedly talking to the boyfriend of one of them. Traumatic as fuck, but basis for a 5-year sentence? Even if it had been unambiguously a hate crime, white supremacy would deserve some credit for this sentence.

“This is the harshest penalty I have ever seen handed down to an 18-year-old first-time offender in a case of assault,” Timothy Knepp, Brown’s lawyer, said later. He called the case “a tragic set of circumstances that was really overblown by the state’s attorney’s office.”

President of ‘equality maryland’ on the other hand said:
“The whole incident is unfortunate and demonstrates the lack of knowledge and understanding, and discrimination against transgender people,” said Patrick Wojahn, board president of the Equality Maryland Foundation. “If anything, five years may have been too short of an amount of time for the attack and the amount of hatred that was shown in the incident.”
fuck equality maryland!!!!
Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk agreed. “Five years is not enough for what she did. It was really horrible — nobody should do something like that to another human being,” said Pena-Melnyk, who represents parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. She proposed legislation to prevent employers, creditors and others from discriminating against transgender people, but the measure failed in the 2011 General Assembly.
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