Detroit Man Sentenced to 18-45 Years for Armed Robbery of Trans Woman

BTL Staff
By | 2019-01-27T19:19:03-04:00 January 27th, 2019|Michigan, News|

A trans woman in Detroit got justice with help from the Fair Michigan Justice Project. Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz prosecuted and secured a conviction against Antoine Simmons in the Wayne County Circuit Court. Judge Mark Slavens sentenced Simmons to 18-45 years in prison on Thursday, Jan. 24 for armed robbery and use of a firearm in connection with a felony.
Simmons, who was carrying a gun, attacked her while she was walking home from a store, according to a Detroit News report. He struck his victim in the back of the head multiple times and took her purse.
In a statement about the sentence, Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire said, “Wayne County and the City of Detroit, through its law enforcement officials, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Fair Michigan Justice Project, have an effective, focused, and tenacious team dedicated to investigating, prosecuting, and solving these violent crimes against the LGBTQ community. Mr. Simmons’ lengthy prison sentence should serve as a message that criminals can no longer prey upon Detroit’s LGBTQ community with impunity.”
For more information about the Fair Michigan Justice Project, visit their website.

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