Transgender defendant gets 3 years in fatal bar fight

Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, who is transitioning from a man to a woman, admitted that an inner rage brewed long before an exchange of words that ended with the deadly stabbing of Dean Schmitz outside a bar in south Minneapolis last year. But McDonald, who was sentenced Monday to 3 1/2 years in prison, said responsibility for what happened was mutual.
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Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, who is transitioning from a man to a woman, admitted that an inner rage brewed long before an exchange of words that ended with the deadly stabbing of Dean Schmitz outside a bar in south Minneapolis last year. But McDonald, who was sentenced Monday to 3 1/2 years in prison, said responsibility for what happened was mutual.

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