- James Dixon pleaded guilty Monday to charges of manslaughter for the murder of Islan Nettles
- The prosecutor pats himself on the back for a job well done, while the community wonders aghast why the case wasn’t prosecuted as a hate crime?
- Dixon screamed transphobic epithets after learning she was trans punching Nettles long after she lost consciousness because his “manhood was threatened”.
Thursday morning was day one of Dixon’s criminal trial broadly.vice.com reported. He was charged with manslaughter in Nettles’ death. Despite the fact the state has a strong case against him, Dixon had refused the 12 year plea deal he was offered, preferring to try his luck and exercise his right to a trial; if convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.
But then the judge decided to show the court Dixion’s videotaped confessions.
Just hours before jury selection was to begin Monday morning James Dixon accepted the plea bargain which will see him behind bars for 12 years. The sentencing is scheduled for April 19th.
Cecilia Gentili, a Latina transgender woman who works as a trans health program coordinator at the Apicha Community Health Center, NBC News that justice has not been fully served. Gentili believes Dixon’s actions should have been prosecuted as a hate crime. Still, even if there is a long way to go, Gentili said it’s a good beginning for the District Attorney’s Office.
“This sends a message that these crimes won’t keep going unpunished as they were in the past,” Gentili said.