Josh Vallum, a 29-year-old member of the Latin Kings, has been sentenced to a 49-year prison term for the 2015 murder of his 17-year-old transgender lover Mercedes Williamson as reported by the Daily News: "he had been sentenced last year to life in prison, but pleaded guilty to federal charges under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act in December and was sentenced to nearly five decades on the charges Monday," and "the case is the first prosecuted under the law for the killing of someone based on gender identity, according to a Department of Justice release Monday."
Like many Hispanic-based street gangs, the Latin Kings are virulently homo- and transphobic.
Last March federal prosecutors indicted several reputed MS-13 gangbangers from Long Island on racketeering charges for their alleged roles in various crimes including the 2016 murder of fellow member 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez whom the other boys suspected was gay as reported by Newsday. MS-13 rules establish that "under no circumstances are members allowed to be homosexual," and for gangbangers discovered as gay "their deaths are inevitable" as reported by Insight Crime.
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