LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A man arrested a few days after the murder of a Philadelphia trans woman just over a year ago has pleaded guilty. Raheam Felton was sentenced to 22 to 44 years for the murder of London Chanel in May 2015.
Chanel had recently moved to Philadelphia from Texas and was living with a roommate, Mayai Bankz. At their place of residence, Bankz’s then boyfriend Felton, stabbed Chanel during a domestic dispute. Felton initially put the blame on an unknown person, but police quickly pinned it on Felton. Bankz later became the state’s witness to Felton’s wrongdoing.
Just prior to the trial, Felton changed his mind about wanting a trial and instead pleaded guilty the crime. Felton apologized to Chanel’s family just prior to sentencing.
This has been a fairly good year in attaining justice for trans murder victims. I believe this is the 6th sentencing since TDOR 2015.
Most recent trans murder conviction prior to this one: https://lexiecannes.com/2016/04/19/killer-of-nyc-trans-woman-islan-nettles-sentenced-to-12-years-for-manslaughter/
Previously I wrote about Chanel’s murder, then updated it with the arrest of a suspect:
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