Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Brooklyn Transphobic Attacker Sentenced to 20 Years |

Mashawn Sonds

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for a 2014 hate crime that left a transgender woman with permanent neurological damage.

Last month, a jury found Mashawn Sonds, 26, guilty of first-degree assault with a hate-crime enhancement for swinging a plexiglass 2-by-4 at Kimy Hartman, causing her to fall to the ground and strike her head on the sidewalk during a transphobic attack in Bushwick on October 12, 2014. Hartman, a Native American trans woman, spent nearly a month in the hospital, and endured several surgeries that left her with slurred speech, loss of memory, and facial bruising as a result of the attack.

"I may never have the opportunity to live like I used to again," said Hartman, 30, in Brooklyn Supreme Court court Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News. "Because of someone's hate, it had me lose my independence possibly forever."

Brooklyn Transphobic Attacker Sentenced to 20 Years |

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