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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Sentencing in attack on transgender woman in Maryland

A Maryland woman who pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault and a hate crime in the beating of a transgender woman inside a McDonald’s restaurant is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

Teonna Brown, 19, admitted to beating 22-year-old Chrissy Polis at a McDonald’s in Rosedale, near Baltimore, in April. The beating was recorded and posted online.

A hate crime charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. There is a 25-year maximum for the assault charge. Prosecutors told the AP they plan to ask for a prison term of five years.

Prosecutors also said a girl charged as a juvenile in the same attack was committed to a detention facility after admitting involvement.

Transgender rights have been in the spotlight in the Washington area this week, as a spate of unrelated attacks in the District this summer and the discovery of an unidentified man’s body in Northwest Saturday morning led police to reassure members of the trangender community that crimes against transgender people were being taken seriously.

“There is a feeling out there that the transgender community is not getting the service that others may be getting,” said Assistant Chief Peter Newsham at a news conference Monday. “We don’t want that feeling out there.”

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