Man gets 25 years for hate crime killing

Aug. 18, 2009 at 8:21 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A young New York state man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for shooting a transvestite in a hate crime.

Dwight DeLee, 20, apologized to Moses Cannon's family, The Syracuse, N.Y., Post-Standard reported. But he also denied killing Cannon.

"I'm no monster," he said. "I'm a young human being."

DeLee was convicted last month of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime. It was the first conviction in New York under a 2000 hate crime law involving the killing of a transgendered person or transvestite.

Cannon, 22, was shot dead as he sat in a car on Nov. 14. His family said he often dressed as a woman and used the name LaTeisha Green.

"He took a very precious life," Cannon's mother, Roxanne Green, said in a brief statement in court, the newspaper said.

An uncle released a family statement later asking for more understanding for the transgendered.

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