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In a first, a man has been found guilty of a hate crime based on gender identity in the United States

Daqua Lameek Ritter was found guilty of a hate crime based on gender identity in a federal first of its kind case.

In a ruling Friday, Fitter learned his fate. Ritter murdered Dime Doe in 2019 with a handgun. He is looking at life in prison.

The Lowdown

In South Carolina, a transgender woman named Dime Doe was gunned down following the revelation she had been in a romantic relationship with Ritter according to the federal case. Ritter at the time grew violent and agitated before shooting her with a .22 caliber handgun at least three different times.

Witnesses during the case revealed that the relationship turned sour after the relationship was exposed in the small town of Allendale.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Hate crime charges based on gender identity aren’t new, however, none of them in the past have gone to trial in the United States.

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