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Suspect pleads guilty in death of Missouri transgender teen

HOUSTON, Mo. – One of the suspects in the murder of a transgender teenager in southwest Missouri has pleaded guilty.

The Springfield News-Leader reports 18-year-old Isis Schauer pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Ally Steinfeld. She was on Tuesday sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Researchers say that Steinfeld was stabbed multiple times, including in the genitals. Her eyes were stabbed and her body was on fire.

Two other suspects — Andrew Vrba and Briana caldera ‘ s — are awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges.

Another suspect, James Grigsby, has pleaded not guilty to abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Steinfeld the remains were found in a chicken coop in the near Cabool, in September. Local officials have insisted the murder was not a hate crime.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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