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James Dixon Sentenced To A Mere 12 Years For The Beating Death Of Transgender Woman Islan Nettles To Death

Transgender killer James Dixon was sentenced to a dozen years behind bars Tuesday as the mother and sister of the slain young woman blasted the outcome.

Dixon, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this month on the eve of his trial in exchange for the lenient deal that was offered to him by a Manhattan judge.


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But the family of Islan Nettles, who was beaten to death on the street in Harlem by Dixon in 2013, got no satisfaction.

Nettles’ mother Delores Nettles ripped Dixon for his heartless crime that ruined her life and robbed her child of her promising future.

“I had the best of both worlds — I had a son and a daughter so I got to share that experience,” she said.


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“But as far as James Dixon — I will hate you. I will hate you for the rest of my life for taking something that belonged to me,” she fumed.

Nettles said her daughter was “beat so bad she had to have brain surgery as soon as she went in.”

“How do you sleep at night? How do you rest?” the anguished mom asked. “I can’t rest.”

“I hope you die,” she went on. “I hope you rot!”


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The victim’s sister Sky Nettles was so upset she could barely speak.

“For him to only get 12 years — that’s not right,” said the 19-year-old sibling. “He should have thought about what he did before all of this got this serious.”

A statement by the victim’s father, Anthony Mundon, read by prosecutor Nicholas Viorst, said, “Twelve years is nowhere near the appropriate sentence for the man that didn’t care that she was already unconscious when she hit the ground and mercilessly continued to pummel her as she lay there unconscious and defenseless.”

Sky Nettles, speaking in front of friends, family and trans activists who packed the courtroom, said the death of her sister was traumatizing to her and her younger siblings. She described the terrifying sight of her disfigured sister in a hospital bed.

“My sister couldn’t even speak. She didn’t look like herself,” the tearful young woman said. “She looked like a monster.”

The plea deal was offered by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Robert Stolz, although the Manhattan District Attorney’s office recommended he do 17 years in exchange for a guilt admission.

Dixon would have faced a sentencing range of five to 25 years behind bars if he’d been convicted at trial.

He said in a taped confession that he attacked Nettles because his “manhood’ was threatened when he hit on her, not realizing she was transgender.

“I just didn’t want to be fooled,” he said dryly in the recorded interview.

Dixon exhibited no remorse at the emotional court proceeding Tuesday.

He looked away from Nettles’ relatives when they poured their hearts out in front of a packed courtroom and he declined to speak or apologize to them when offered the chance.

Source: NY Daily News

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