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Defendant Convicted for Transgender Hate Crime Assault

DATE:  May 18, 2016

CASE:  Trayvon Kirkendoll

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Brian Morgan, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit

Twenty-three-year-old Trayvon Kirkendoll was convicted by jury of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.  The jury also found the offense to be a hate crime.   A bench trial will be held at sentencing as to Kirkendoll’s prior convictions.

Kirkendoll was at the Bonfare Market in Oak Park when he saw the victim, who is a transgender female, enter the store.  Kirkendoll approached the victim and talked to her.  When he realized the victim was transgender, he became embarrassed and then angry. Kirkendoll left the store and went to his car, where his two female companions were waiting.  When the victim attempted to leave the store, Kirkendoll and his friends approached the victim, told her that Kirkendoll wasn’t gay, and then assaulted her.  The three repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped the victim. During and after the assault, they referred to the victim using derogatory insults, which referenced their perception of her sexual orientation.   

Kirkendoll faces a maximum potential sentence of 13 years in prison.  Sentencing is set for July 23, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 28 before the Honorable James McFetridge.

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