Kansas teen sentenced in death of transgender woman

WICHITA, Kan. – A Kansas teenager was sentenced to juvenile corrections in the stabbing death of a transgender woman.

Sedgwick County authorities say the boy was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder in 2016, the death of the 32-year-old Tyreece Walker.

The young, whose name was not released, was sentenced to juvenile corrections until the age of 22½ aftercare until he was 23. The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office says that is the maximum penalty allowed under Kansas law for youthful offenders.

The teen, who was 16 when Walker was killed, claimed that he acted in self-defense when he stabbed Walker in an apartment complex.

If the teen commits a new offence while serving a young sentence or during the follow-up, he could be sent to an adult prison for almost 14 years.

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