LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A New York City judge sentenced James Dixon to 12 years in prison today for the murder of Islan Nettles in August 2013. Prior to the beginning of the trial, Justice Daniel P. Conviser negotiated a deal with Dixon to plead guilty to manslaughter. Prosecutors opposed the move, desiring a harsher sentence.
Dixon punched Nettles in a social setting, knocking her to the ground, then hitting her again as she lay on the ground. Dixon turned himself in to the police while Nettles was in a coma at a hospital. Later, after being declared brain-dead, Nettles was taken off life support.
During the investigation, there were a number of twists and turns, leaving the trans community wondering if anyone was going to be held accountable for Nettle’s death. The District Attorney finally indicted Dixon last month.
Dixon likely helped himself by turning himself in and taking the judge up on a deal. Dixon’s sentencing makes it 5 killers of trans people sentenced to prison since TDOR 2015.
Most recent sentencing of other killers: https://lexiecannes.com/2016/03/02/justice-for-two-2013-transgender-murder-victims/
In 2013 I wrote of Islan Nettle‘s murder: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/08/23/life-support-disconnected-brutally-beaten-nyc-trans-woman-dies/
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