No jail for man who beat transgender woman to dance with woman

SALEM, Mass. – A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to five years conditionally for beating of a transgender woman outside a club after she danced with his wife.

The Salem News reports that 43-year-old Benjamin Espino, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty Monday to three points of the violence, and battery and civil rights violation. As part of a plea deal, the civil rights of the violation will be dismissed after five years if Espino in accordance with the terms of the probation.

The attack happened outside a Lawrence club in 2016. The authorities say that the victim was a friend of Espino’s wife. Prosecutors say Espino called the wife to bind and attacked her after she danced with his wife.

Espino was also ordered to attend an anger management course and wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet as part of the probationary period.


Information from: The Boston (Mass.) News

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