Last week, 19-year-old Devon Robinson of Detroit was sentenced to three life terms in prison without the possibility of parole for the May 2019 triple murder of two gay men and a transgender woman. Robinson shot and killed 21-year-old Alunte Davis and 20-year-olds Timothy Blancher and Paris Cameron. Prosecutors believe that Robinson’s actions are the result of anti-LGBTQ sentiment.
“This case illustrates the mortal danger faced by members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community, including transgender women of color,” said Alanna Maguire, president of LGBTQ advocacy organization Fair Michigan that handled this case. “The LGBTQ community knows that the Fair Michigan Justice Project, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Detroit Police Department stand ready to aggressively prosecute these brutal crimes.”
In addition, Robinson was sentenced to two years consecutively for five felony firearm counts and to 10 to 20 years in prison for each of his two counts of assault with intent to murder.
At Robinson’s sentencing last year, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy emphasized the importance of stopping future anti-LGBTQ crimes.
“The alleged actions of this defendant are disturbing on so many levels …,” she said. “We must remain ever vigilant in our fight to eradicate hate in Wayne County and beyond.”