Thursday, August 4, 2011

MARYLAND: Guilty Plea In McDonald's Attack On Transwoman

One of the teenagers caught on video in a brutal attack on a transwoman at a Baltimore McDonald's has pleaded guilty.
Teonna Monae Brown, 19, pleaded guilty in a Baltimore County court to one court of first-degree assault and one count of a hate crime in the attack on Chrissy Polis, 22, said Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger. The April attack brought attention nationwide to the plight of transgender people, with thousands signing online petitions and holding rallies. Prosecutors expect to seek a prison term of five years when Brown is sentenced next month.
The second attacker pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to a juvenile facility.
I attended the gathering the night after the attack and had the pleasure of meeting Chrissy at the Gay Pride Parade. She was very nice and humbled that our group, Rainbow Club at the Community College of Baltimore County, had her name on one of our signs for transgender rights.
After watching the video, there was no other option than to plead guilty for both of them. I hope the judge throws the book at Teonna Monae Brown. This is the second time she has started a fight at the same Mc Dees in a year.

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