Murderer of SC trans woman sentenced to 30 years

sama-quinlandTHE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — The judge didn’t buy the defense’s “non-violent compassionate man” defense and tossed Sama Chaka Quinland in jail for 30 years for the killing of trans woman DeAndre Fulton-Smith* in 2011.

According to news reports, Quinland will have to serve 80% before becoming eligible for parole. Quinland met Smith through a website. A tip from a viewer who saw an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” about the killing helped lead to the capture of Quinland.

Smith was a Spartanburg Community College student at the time of the murder. Her body was found with 22 stab wounds and she was shot in the head twice.


* After reviewing the news archives dating from the time of the murder, I’ve been unable to tell if Fulton-Smith used a different name. I also do not know if she identifies as female, however, at the time of the murder, Fulton-Smith was presenting as female, so I’ve used female pronouns.


A judge throwing the book at the murderer of a trans woman in the south? I’d say we’re seeing progress.

[Trigger Warning]  Man sentenced to 30 years in killing of transgender SCC student |



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Categories: Deaths, Murder, Judicial, Courts, Transgender, Transsexual, Trans

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3 replies

  1. A human being is a human being trans or not. I expect the murder to get a harsh sentence.

  2. I don’t believe in the death sentence or life in prison, but 30yrs is a joke!

  3. Smith was my best friend his mother didn’t know he was into drag he recently had started doing it for balls… He was a loving and funny person. I miss you Kiara you are still missed. 💙💙💙💙 -Mario

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