8 years for D.C. man in shooting of transgender woman

A District man was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for the September shooting of a transgender woman in Southeast Washington.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Ann O’Regan Kerry sentenced Darryl Willard, 21, to prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault while armed in the Sept. 12 attack.

According to prosecutors, the victim and Willard had known each other for about a year. On the evening of the attack, the victim picked up Willard in her car in the area of 22nd and Savannah Streets SE.

After the car came to a stop, prosecutors said ,Willard proposed a sex act. When the victim declined, Willard pointed a gun in the victim’s face and demanded money.

The victim refused, according to prosecutors, and Willard fired a single shot at close range, striking the victim in her neck. The victim survived the attack and Willard turned himself in the next day.

Last month, about three dozen activists protested outside D.C. police headquarters and the U.S. Attorney’s office demanding more protection for transgender people against what they called increased violence and police bias against them.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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