Man who set San Francisco Agender youth’s skirt on fire sentenced to seven years

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Sasha Fleischman

As it turns out the real story is Sasha Fleischman, the product of an incredibly wise and forgiving family. You are a treasure Sasha.

The Oakland teen who set a gender non-conforming high school student’s skirt on fire on an AC Bus last year pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of felony assault and inflicting great bodily injury, and agreed to serve seven years in prison.

Richard Thomas, now 17, will be sentenced on Nov. 14 in Alameda County Superior Court, after being charged as an adult in the case, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The hate crime and aggravated mayhem charges, which carried a sentence of up to life in prison, were dropped.

Just before Thomas turns 18 in July, a judge will be abletomodify his sentence to five years if he has behaved well in prison, under the termsofthe agreement with prosecutors.

NBC Bay Area legal analyst Steven Clark said Thomas should feel lucky.

“He was facing a life sentence because they first charged him with aggravated mayhem and a hate crime,” Clark said. “He should be grateful for both the sentence and Sasha’s forgiveness.”

Source NBC Bay Area.

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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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