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Dwight DeLee Gets 25 Years for Murder of Transgender NY Woman


Dwight DeLee, who was convicted in July of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime for the shooting death of Lateisha Green in Syracuse, New York in November, received the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison this morning from Judge William Walsh. DeLee shot and killed Green with a 22-caliber rifle as she sat in a car outside a house party. Several witnesses said they hear DeLee use anti-gay slurs before the shooting.

Green "DeLee read a statement in court this morning maintaining he is innocent and attacking the media coverage of his case and the jury verdict against him. He offered an apology to the victim's family, but maintained he did not kill anybody. 'I'm no monster. I'm a young human being,' DeLee said. The victim's mother, Roxanne Green, spoke briefly in court so that DeLee would understand the depth of the family's loss. 'He took a very precious life,' Green said, adding she hoped DeLee would see the victim's face every time he closes his eyes for the rest of his life. Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew Doran called the death 'a sad and senseless intentional tragedy' as he asked County Judge William Walsh for the maximum penalty."

DeLee's was the second hate crime conviction involving a transgender victim in the nation, and the first in New York.

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  1. Typical lack of accountability from pond scum.

    Some people just never will get it.

    Posted by: Disgusted With The Lies! | Aug 18, 2009 1:37:02 PM

  2. No, Mr. DeLee, you aren't a human being.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Aug 18, 2009 11:33:17 PM

  3. Finally justice. I am against the death penalty on principal. But 255 years for a hate crime is the minimum a person should get. It should be with the possibility of parole.

    Posted by: Steven Stauch | Sep 8, 2009 5:07:20 PM

  4. Correction, My comment should have read, without the possibility of parole.

    Posted by: Steven Stauch | Sep 8, 2009 5:09:36 PM

  5. I lay this type of tragedy SQUARELY at the feet of the religious "right". They deserve (nearly) every bit of the responsibility AND guilt for teaching the hatred and contempt that breeds this type of action. I say (nearly) on the responsibility aspect, because the ones who carry out the violence, etc. should never get off scot-free.

    There are no winners in a hate motivated crime, and I think the "teachers" of this slop should be held accountable.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 1, 2012 1:29:41 PM

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