THE 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.
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