SYRACUSE, N.Y. — An upstate New York man has been sentenced to the maximum 25 years in prison for the hate-crime killing of a transgender woman.
Dwight DeLee was found guilty of manslaughter last month for shooting Lateisha Green because of anti-gay bias.
The 20-year-old construction laborer is only the second person in the nation to be convicted of a hate crime for killing a transgender victim. In April, a man was convicted of first-degree murder and a hate crime in the death of a transgender teen in Colorado.
Green, 22, was born and raised in Syracuse as Moses Cannon. At age 16, Green came out as transgender and began living as a girl.
She faced bullies and threats at school but had a supportive family, said Michael Silverman, director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which has worked closely with Green's family.