Transgender woman agrees to plea bargain just before murder trial

Transgender activists around the country had been tracking the case of CeCe McDonald, saying she was defending herself from a hate crime when she stabbed a Richfield man to death with a pair of scissors. By pleading guilty to manslaughter, McDonald is expected to be sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
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Transgender activists around the country had been tracking the case of CeCe McDonald, saying she was defending herself from a hate crime when she stabbed a Richfield man to death with a pair of scissors. By pleading guilty to manslaughter, McDonald is expected to be sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

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