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The sentence comes amid growing concern about violence against transgender people, particularly transgender women.
At least 22 transgender people, most of them women of color, were killed in 2016, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights group.
While Williamson sat in the passenger seat, prosecutors said, Vallum used a stun gun to incapacitate Williamson and then stabbed her repeatedly with a 75 Ranger Regiment pocket knife.
Now that she’s trans, she in the trenches with the rest of us.
A Mississippi gang member was sentenced Monday to 49 years in prison in the first federal hate-crime prosecution against the killer of a transgender person.
Joshua Vallum, 29, a member of the Latin Kings gang, pleaded guilty to fatally beating and stabbing 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, whom he had dated.
Sessions also recently let stand a court order blocking an anti-discrimination provision in the Affordable Care Act that applied to transgender people.
As a senator, Sessions opposed the Matthew Shepard act, which he said at the time inappropriately singles out a specific group for special protections.