Joshua Vallum has sparked the Humans Rights Campaign with committing the first federal hate crime against a transgender individual. In December of 2016, Vallum pleaded guilty to the murder of Mercedes Williamson, whom was his ex-girlfriend. He admitted to driving to her home, shooting her with a stun gun, and then began to drive her to his father’s home in Mississippi. Vallum stabbed Williamson multiple times, ultimately murdered her with a hammer. Vallum told officials he committed the crime because he was in fear of the response from his gang, the Latin Kings, who explicitly reject homosexual relationships.
“Today’s sentencing, against Joshua Vallum for committing capital murder, reflects the importance of holding individuals accountable when they commit violent acts against the transgender community.” Stated Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated in December. Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepherd Act, which was established because of the brutal treatment and murder towards Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd, into existence in 2009. “The Department of Justice’s leadership on hate crimes prevention is essential for stemming the epidemic of violence facing the transgender community” Human Rights Committee.
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