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A Man Convicted of Killing a Transgender Teen Is Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

A Vancouver, Washington, man convicted of killing transgender teen Nikki Kuhnhausen was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.

A jury found David Bogdanov, 27, guilty in late August of second-degree murder and malicious harassment, which is a hate crime under Washington law, The Columbian reported.

Before sentencing, Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson became emotional, saying he was “struck by the darkness in this case.”

Kuhnhausen, 17, was reported missing in June 2019, and a hiker found her skull in the woods near Larch Mountain in eastern Clark County in December 2019. Police arrested Bogdanov days later.

Prosecutors said Bogdanov strangled Kuhnhausen with a cellphone charger cord after learning she was transgender during a sexual encounter in his van.

Read the source article at Associated Press News

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