Dallas Man given probation for the murder of Trans woman Janette Tovar

Jonathan Stuart Kenney

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The man who beat Dallas transgender woman Janette Tovar to death in 2012 is set to receive 10 years of probation under a plea deal Tuesday. According to the Texas Observer her former boyfriend, Jonathan Stuart Kenney, 29, was released on bond after two months behind bars so his total time served for the confessed murder will only amount to sixty days.

Her cousin Marisa Anguiano believes the sentencing was moved up from October because of the heat the prosecutor is getting from the unbelievably short sentence. She wrote on Facebook.

3 years ago my cousin, Janette Tovar a Transgender woman, was taken from us, she was a victim of domestic violence. Her case has yet to go to trial and her murderer walks freely while awaiting sentence after a reduced bond of $50,000.

There are so many unanswered questions, so many calls made to the District Attorneys Office that go unreturned, there have been four different investigators on this case, and so many court dates set, only to be rescheduled TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

With Witnesses refusing to testify, we had all but given up…

It is with great pride and motivation that I announce that we have been giving a gift of sharing an entry in the Dallas Allen G Ross Gay Pride Parade, thanks to the members of LULAC including President of LULAC 4871, Juan Juan C. Contreras and Nell Gaither of Dallas Trans Pride Initiative’

Janette Tova

Janette Tovar Facebook

Our contribution to the entry will include a march against violence in the LGBT community including and especially domestic violence, marching in memory of Janette, and to bring public awareness to the many lives that have been lost and for voices that never are heard, for the family members and loved ones left behind to deal with what sometimes seems like a biased legal system


Janette we will never let you be forgotten, we are going to fight for justice and for closure and resolution, your story has fallen on the ears of many people who are now coming forward and wanting to support your case and your family.

On Sunday, September 20th, 2015 we will March in your honor, bring media attention to your case, and give you the final justice and closure you and your family deserves

We ask for the support and prayer of anyone and everyone reading this, BUT we are also asking if you would like to physically participate by marching/WALKING in the parade with a sign, photos, etc

The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade starts at 2 p.m. September 20th and travels Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue to Turtle Creek Boulevard then turns onto Turtle Creek to travel to Lee Park. Click Here for details


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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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