Teen Pleads Guilty In McDonald’s Transgender Beatdown Case
Hey, remember the two girls that beat a transgender woman into a seizure while McDonald’s employees hyucked and hawed about? Oh, and that other employee totally filmed the whole thing and put the video on YouTube? And that lady came to the victim’s aid and we all cried a little because THANK GOD not all people are the worst?
Yeah, us too.
Anyway, 19-year-old Teonna Monae Brown is headed to the slammer for a long, long time after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree assault, and one hate crime charge. The combined sentencing for the charges is 35 years behind bars, though she is expected to serve between five and ten because she is a first time offender (i.e. She’s only been caught on film beating the crap out of one, critically injured trans woman before).
Brown’s 14-year-old accomplice admitted guilt in identical charges, but has been sentence to a juvenile detention center because of her age.
Brown’s lawyer, Timothy Knepp, said his client “would be a very good candidate for probation.” He called the assault a “once-in-a-lifetime” incident that “will forever shape her future.”
“I’m going to ask the court to allow Teonna to go home with her mother. She has been locked up, imprisoned, since the day of the incident. She has a great deal of remorse,” he said.
Vicky Thoms, 55, a bystander who said she intervened in what she feared would be a fatal beating and was struck, also attended the plea hearing Thursday.
“In all my life I’ve never seen anything like this, and I never expected to. You see that kind of stuff on TV shows, but not in real life. In fact, I’ve never seen anything that bad even on TV shows, but maybe in horror movies,” Thoms said.
Crissy Polis, the victim beaten to a pulp in the McDonald’s by this so-called “very good candidate for parole”, is expected to speak at Brown’s sentencing.
Do you think five to ten years in jail is long enough for this crime?