NEW YORK (AP) – A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars for an assault on a transgendered woman that left her with severe brain injuries.
Prosecutors say 26-year-old Mashawn Sonds struck the victim, Kimball Hartman, in the head with a sheet of acrylic in October 2014.
He was convicted in December with assault as a hate crime.
Authorities say the victim was attacked while walking with a gay male friend in Bushwick.
Prosecutors say it was the first trial conviction secured by the Brooklyn district attorney’s Hate Crimes Unit created last year.
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