Sailor Stabs and Kills Transgender Woman 119 Times, Gets 40 Years

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A sailor has been jailed for ONLY 40 years for murder after stabbing a transgender woman 119 times AFTER they had sex at a hotel in Mississippi.

Dwanya Hickerson, 21, said he killed Dee Whigham when he “lost it” after she told him she had been born a man. Hickerson, who will also have to serve 15 years for a robbery charge, could have faced the death penalty if he had gone to trial on the original charge of capital murder. Autopsy results show Whigham, 25, was stabbed 119 times. Many of the wounds were to the victim’s face, and her throat was slashed three times.

Hickerson and Whigham had been chatting online for a couple of months but had never met in person. They decided to meet while she was in Biloxi with friends. He said Whigham picked him up and the two went straight to the hotel where Whigham was staying.

He said after they had sex at the hotel, she told him she was a transgender woman. “I lost. I lost it,” he said, saying he really didn’t remember much afterwards.

Whigham’s mother, Vickie Blackney Whigham, criticised Hickerson’s punishment.

“I think the plea is a slap in the face,” she said.

“He gets a chance to see his family and I don’t have that chance with my child.”

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