Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Man convicted of anti-trans hate crime attack in Sacramento

A Sacramento jury today (Wednesday, May 18) convicted a man for attacking a transgender woman he’d struck up a conversation with at a store.

Trayvon Kirkendoll, 23, is expected to be sentenced to up to 13 years in prison after jurors found him guilty of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and determined the offense was a hate crime, the district attorney’s office announced.

Kirkendoll was at the Bonfare Market in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood when he saw the victim walk into the shop, according to the agency.

He approached her and talked to her, but when he realized she’s trans, “he became embarrassed and then angry,” prosecutors said.

Kirkendoll went to his car, where two female friends were waiting for him. When the victim tried to leave the shop, Kirkendoll and his friends approached her, “told her that Kirkendoll wasn’t gay,” and then “repeatedly punched, kicked, and stomped the victim,” according to the DA’s office.

During the attack and afterward, the three “referred to the victim using derogatory insults, which referenced their perception of her sexual orientation,” the agency said.

The date of the incident wasn’t provided, but the sheriff’s department says Kirkendoll was booked into custody July 14, 2015. He’s not eligible for bail and remains in jail. His sentencing is set for July 23.

Defense attorney Amanda Reeves didn’t immediately respond to an interview request.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Morgan prosecuted the case.

Prosecutors didn’t say whether Kirkendoll’s friends were also charged in the incident.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 18, 2016 @ 4:09 pm PST
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