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September 13, 2011

Teen gets 5 years for attack at McDonalds on a transgender woman

Breaking news from The Sun's Andrea Siegel:

The teenager who pleaded guilty in the beating of a transgender woman at a Rosedale McDonald's was sentenced Tuesday to 5 years in prison.

(Read more stories about the attack here, and look at video from the restaurant).

Teonna Monae Brown, 19, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault and a hate crime after the beating of Chrissy Lee Polis, 22. The April attack drew national attention after a video of it went viral online.

Brown was sentenced to 10 years total but five years were suspended. She will also serve three years' supervised probation. The combined maximum sentence for the crimes is 35 years.

In court, Brown apologized for the attack. "My mother didn't raise me like this," Brown said. "I would really like to apologize to the victim."

Polis submitted a statement to court but did not attend the sentencing. "My private life has been exposed to the world. I lost my job. I cannot go anywhere without the fear of getting hurt again," Polis wrote. "I want to go into a hole and hide."

Posted by Peter Hermann at 11:09 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Baltimore County


Good, I'm glad to know this two hateful girls are going to jail. Too often, blacks are given a pass on hate crimes, even when the evidence is overwhelming.

She is getting just what she deserves and should have received more. I'm sure the race card was used in her defense. What is it with these "African-American" females with their unnaturally straight hair!? In the 1950-1960s they were using Lye, a caustic chemical, to straighten their hair! Why this abnormal obsession to make your hair, like white people!? Now the "normal" hair straighteners are made with formaldehyde, toxic chemical. Probably a racist conspiracy. I wish I could have got down with the girl, before she went to prison. I never had sex with a black woman. I'm sure with her looks, the lesbian dykes will be fighting over her.

Blog author, what is WRONG with you? Why are you permitting comments such as those posted by "ArmyOfOne" on September 16 at 12:00 p.m.? Have a look at that disgusting misogynistic, homophobic, racist venom you published. If you approved that post, I won't be sending any more money to SPLC and I'll let Morris Dees know why.

I'm not sure that this was a hate crime. And that it is being characterized as one points to the danger of these types of add-on crimes. From the victim's comments, the fight started over the perception that the victim was flirting with the defendant's boyfriend. That the victim was transgender seems irrelevant.

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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