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Man Gets Up to Life in Murder of Transgender Woman in Queens Apartment

The victim was found in March 2010, face down on a bed in her Queens apartment

Friday, Dec 6, 2013  |  Updated 11:48 AM EDT
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Man Gets Up to Life in Murder of Transgender Woman

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A New York City man has been sentenced to prison for 29 years to life for murdering a transgender woman in her apartment after his lawyer disparaged the victim in court.

According to the New York Post, Rasheen Everett's attorney John Scarpa argued for leniency by saying the defendant did not kill someone "in the higher end of the community."

The defense said at trial that the victim, a transgender woman, was a prostitute.

Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter shot back that "every human life is scared."

Amanda Gonzalez Andujar was strangled in her Glendale, Queens, apartment in March 2010.

Neighbors heard screams. Everett left carrying Andujar's computer and other electronics.

He was arrested in Las Vegas.

He was convicted last month of second-degree murder, burglary and other charges.

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