Vallum Set To Be Sentenced Today
One Mississippi man is set to hear his fate today for killing an Alabama transgender woman
Joshua Vallum could be sentenced to life in prison without parole in the 2015 killing of Mercedes Williamson.
It’s the first-ever federal hate crimes prosecution for killing a transgender person.
Prosecutors say Vallum lured Williamson into a car in Alabama, and drove her to his family’s home near Lucedale, Mississippi.
There, Vallum attacked Williamson.
Prosecutors say Vallum killed Williamson to keep fellow gang members from discovering they’d been having sex.
Latin Kings rules ban homosexual activity and declare a punishment of death.
Vallum earlier pleaded guilty to murder charges in state court.
Vallum’s was originally schedule to be sentenced back in March, but his lawyer had that sentencing postponed today.
News 25 will keep you updated on this story.