Mississippi Man Gets 49 Years for Hate Crime Killing of Transgender Teen

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A Mississippi man sentenced to 49 years in prison for the murder of a transgender woman became the first federal conviction under hate crime laws enacted during President Barack Obama’s administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in a statement. Joshua Vallum murdered his former partner 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson in 2015 after a friend told him…

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