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Second person pleads guilty in gruesome murder of transgender teen

Second person pleads guilty in gruesome murder of transgender teen

Ally Lee Steinfeld, the victim of a murder last year

Warning: This article contains descriptions of grizzly violence.

A second person charged in the murder of a Texas transgender teen last year has pleaded guilty.

James Thomas Grigsby, 25, pled guilty on Tuesday (3 July) to abandonment of a corpse. A judge sentenced him to four years in prison.

Ally Lee Steinfeld, 17, was from Houston, Texas and died last year. Her death marked the 21st transgender killing in the US last year.

Grigsby faced accusatios of helping three other people dispose of the body.

Steinfeld’s murder was gruesome and violent. Her attackers stabbed her repeatedly, including in the genitals, and gouged her eyes out.

Authorites found her body burned, presumably in an attempt to conceal the crime. They also found some of her bones in a garbage bag discarded in a nearby chicken coop. They discovered her remains in September in Cabool, Texas.

She was one of the known 325 transgender people killed in 2017.

Another person involved, Isis Schauer, pled guilty in December. The judge sentenced them to 20 years in prison.

The two other accused are still waiting on their trials.

Authorities insist the attack was not a hate crime.

H/t: NYT

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