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New York - Assault As A Hate Crime, Brooklyn Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Attacking Transgender Woman

Published on: January 13, 2016 04:20 PM
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New York - Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 26-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years in prison following his conviction last month on charges of first-degree assault as a hate crime for striking a 29-year-old transgendered woman in the head with a two by four piece of plexiglass, causing severe injuries.

District Attorney Thompson said, “Hate led to the defendant’s conviction.  Justice led to his sentence.” 

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Mashawn Sonds, 26, of 36 Hegeman Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today to 20 years in prison by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun following his conviction on charges of first-degree assault as a hate crime. The defendant was convicted on December 18, 2015, following a jury trial.


This was the first trial conviction secured by the DA’s Hate Crimes Unit, which was created last year and is part of the District Attorney’s Civil Rights Bureau.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on October 12, 2014, at approximately 11:20 p.m., on Bushwick Avenue, near Halsey Street, a 29-year-old transgendered woman was walking with a gay male friend when she was approached by the defendant and others, with one of them yelling, anti-gay epithets.

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The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, Sonds then picked up a piece of plexiglass and swung it at the victim, Kimball Hartman. As she tried to get away he threw the plexiglass and struck her in the head.

The victim was knocked unconscious, began seizing and suffered profuse bleeding from the back of her head. She sustained a traumatic brain injury, underwent surgery to her skull and will likely suffer permanent injuries.

The case was investigated by New York City Police Department Detective Michael Diaz of the Hate Crimes Task Force, under the supervision of Deputy Inspector Mark Magrone, Chief of the Task Force. NYPD Detective James Menton, of the Bronx Special Victims Squad, assisted in the apprehension of the defendant. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner, Chief of the District Attorney’s Civil Rights Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Carlos Santiago, also of the Civil Rights Bureau, and under the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney William E. Schaeffer, Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.


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 Jan 13, 2016 at 04:54 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

but the 2 Muslims who attacked the guy in Flatbush are out and already back in school and the FJCC told us to thank Thompson?

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 Jan 13, 2016 at 09:08 PM yaakov doe Says:

What is a trans-gendered woman? Born male or female? Appearing as a man or woman? It used to be easy to tell men and women apart.

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 Jan 13, 2016 at 10:19 PM Crazy.. Says:

Yep no.1 said it right.. its like What he has feelings.. that's how big the punishment is..
Otherwise who cares

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 Jan 14, 2016 at 12:38 AM lazerx Says:

Reply to #2  
yaakov doe Says:

What is a trans-gendered woman? Born male or female? Appearing as a man or woman? It used to be easy to tell men and women apart.

exactly my question too.
Is a transgendered woman a woman who 'became' a man or a man who 'became' a woman?
Which is worse to hit a woman who 'became' a man or to hit a man who 'became' a woman?

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