Prosecutors said hate was clearly the motivation for the brutal attack
Baltimore, MD —
A teenage girl from Baltimore will spend five years in prison for the brutal beating of a transgender woman in a McDonalds' restaurant.
Teonna Monae Brown credit :: baltimore county police dept.
Teonna Monae Brown, 19, pleaded guilty last month to one count of first-degree assault and a hate crime in the beating of Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, a transgender woman, in April.
The teen was sentenced Tuesday to ten years in jail with five years suspended, plus three years of supervised probation.
The case made national headlines and outraged thousands of people earlier this year after video of the shocking hate crime went viral on YouTube.
The video shows Polis being viciously kicked, punched and dragged by Brown and a 14-year-old girl. One employee and a patron attempt to intervene, but most of the witnesses stand idly by and several men can be heard laughing in the background. Toward the end of the video, Polis appears to suffer a seizure after one of the suspects kicks her in the head.
Polis, who chose not appear in court, said she did not forgive her attacker.
"While being beaten, I felt like I was going to die that day," Polis wrote in a letter to the judge.
"My private life has been exposed to the world. I lost my job. I cannot go anywhere without the fear of getting hurt again. I want to go into a hole and hide." Prosecutors said hate was clearly the motivation for the brutal attack.
McDonald's condemned the attack almost immediately, calling it "disturbing and troubling." Vernon Hackett, the employee who recorded the attack on his mobile phone, was fired.
Brown's 14-year-old accomplice pleaded guilty for her part and remains in a juvenile detention facility. She could be there until she's 21.
Warning: The video is violent and could be disturbing to some viewers.
Wtf is wrong with people? I don't understand how someone's lifestyle can effect others so much that it would come this. How does this poor girl following what she feels inside effect the lives of these two ghetto ass bitches? The fact that people just stood by and watched is sickening and they are just as guilty as the 2 girls. And the moron who recorded the whole thing like it was some big joke deserves jail time as well.
\u0040 jpaul, let's not go there please !! Ethnicity has nothing to do with what happened to this innocent human being.. An act of violence occurred here and hopefully jail time will wake her up. I do doubt , but I will hope for the best
I believe the transgender was trying to talk to her man. The girls should not have whipped her azz like that either. The lady should have not intervened bc those girls are hurt just like I was growing up when I started fighting I was fighting for all of pain in the past ppl are a ticking time bomb. I had to pray and God to help me bc I was wicked. So I bet these young girls had no prior record, I bet she want talk to no else man tranny! trannies do that fake crap here talking to ppl men they thk that was something they ain't seen ish stop!
J Paul and the rest of yall calling him innocent please its two sides to the story she said the man tried to talk to her from experience I bet she tried to talk to that girl man most ppl r non-confrontational until tempted and then escalated... The tg tells u d story listen It's not like she said oh here is tg let's beat him I believe she was trying to talk to their man!
Reading and listening is fundamental jennifer then using common sense. When their lifestyle interferes with yours. Whether he was trying to talk to her man, or if a person is a thief, liar, child molester drug user whatever their lifestyle is and they involve u by ANY means they might be a victim bc they brought their ls to a person who us that ticking time bomb. I love hard I love everyONE xcept Liars, I can't control Lies! No one can. Those girls prob c death in that form bc of an experience of theirs we don't know but I believe with great conviction that these girls did not say oh there is a tg let's beat him. The girls will learn hopefully in jail it anger mgnt I have been to both now I write about it, and curse.
Who is this Ebony Adams wench that is posting nonsence like she knows what happened? She said she thinks the girls had no priors? READ, wench! She was arrested a year before for an attack on a mother and her children at the SAME McDonald's!! It is obvious that hood rat had some homies who worked there, otherwise she wouldn't feel she could attack people there. My guess is the staff was gangbanging her and she was trying to impress them by showing how hardcore she was. Let's see if she tries that in the big house. LMAO, I would love to be a fly on the wall when she meets the prison version of transgender... that is when a big mean woman picks her to "pleasure" her. And, no, the transgender woman did not try and talk to the hood rat's man. She wasn't even aware someone that ugly who shows ass crack has someone willing to be called her "man".