Jury convicts man in hate crime beating of Oak Park transgender woman

A jury convicted a 23-year-old Sacramento man on Wednesday of a hate-crime assault against a transgender woman in Oak Park last year.

According to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Trayvon Kirkendoll “became embarrassed and then angry” upon learning the victim was transgender after approaching her inside the Bonfare Market last summer.

After retreating to his car, Kirkendoll and the two female friends who were waiting for him confronted the victim as she was leaving the store to tell her Kirkendoll wasn’t gay, the DA’s office stated in a release. Then the three “punched, kicked and stomped the victim.”.

Kirkendoll faces a maximum of 13 years in prison, following the verdict.

A co-conspirator, Traireese Jones, 20, pleaded no contest to the felony assault in November and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

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