Denzell Thomas took a plea deal Monday avoiding the trial scheduled this week for the 2016 murder of transgender woman Jazz Alford. Thomas was also facing charges of robbery and attempted murder in two separate crimes targeting transgender women.
Just three days before killing Jazz Alford, Thomas robbed a transgender woman at gunpoint after connecting with her through the now defunct ‘Backpage’. Thomas thought no one would care about what happens to trans women, specifically those who engage in sex work. To quote authors who previously wrote about Thomas, he was wrong.
Larissa told the Daily Beast she forwarded to police texts between her and Thomas after he robbed her. Larissa said that she saved those texts under ‘Robber Bottom’ in reference to his preferred sexual position.
Thomas responded to Larissa with pejoratives and threats. Thanks to Larissa, the heroine of this story, Denzell Thomas will be getting what he deserves for the next 25 years,
The Associated Press reports that Denzell Thomas, whose trial was set to begin this week, entered the pleas Monday in Circuit Judge Stephen Wallace’s courtroom and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He pleaded to the 2016 killing of Hason “Jazz” Alford and the wounding of another victim the same year.
Jefferson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Joe L. Roberts said both victims were targeted because they were “transgender and vulnerable.”