James Dixon was arrested for the 2013 fatal beating of Islan Nettles (right),
a transgender woman. Photo: Steven Hirsch (left)
I did a post about this killing almost three years ago.
Although I don’t condone violence on anybody, I’ve seen this kind of things happen in the past going back a long time. If transgenders who really look like women aren’t honest upfront very quickly upon meeting a guy, they invite bad things happening to them.
NY Post reports a man pleaded guilty Monday in the beating death of a transgender woman just moments before jury selection was to begin for his trial.
James Dixon, 25, took a plea deal to the top count of first-degree manslaughter for the brutal Aug. 17, 2013 attack in exchange for 12 years in prison.
Justice Daniel Conviser made the offer over the objection of prosecutors who wanted no less than 17 years.
In a written confession to cops, Dixon said he flew into a “blind fury” when he realized that the beautiful woman he had chatted up on the street, Islan Nettles, 21, was transgender and beat her into unconsciousness.
“It’s not enough time,” said Nettles’ Aunt Lisa Allen outside Manhattan Supreme Court. “That’s not fair at all. My nephew is dead.”
Defense lawyer Norman Miller said the deal was a “good resolution” for his client.
Dixon, charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of assault, faced as much as 25 years if convicted at trial.
Shortly after the attack, Dixon allegedly admitted to the crime in three statements, two written and one videotaped.
He and some pals had chatted up a group of women “thinking they were girls” on Eight Avenue near the corner of West 148th Street, he allegedly wrote in a written confession.
“I asked the one I was talking to if she was a guy,” he admitted, according to pretrial testimony from Det. Heriberto Vasquez.
When the brunette beauty said yes, Dixon became so enraged, he pushed her away and punched her in the face, knocking her down, then punched her again, Dixon said.