DETROIT, MI – Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mark Slavens yesterday sentenced Antoine Simmons of Detroit to 18 – 45 years for armed robbery and use of a firearm in connection with a felony. Simmons went to trial earlier this month, and was found guilty of the crimes in connection with an armed robbery of a transgender woman.
Mr. Simmons, who was carrying a gun, attacked a transgender woman while she was walking home from a store. He struck his victim in the back of the head multiple times and took her purse.
The case was assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project, which is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.
Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire applauded the sentence and noted, “Wayne County and the City of Detroit, through its law enforcement officials, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Fair Michigan Justice Project, have an effective, focused, and tenacious team dedicated to investigating, prosecuting, and solving these violent crimes against the LGBTQ community. Mr. Simmons’ lengthy prison sentence should serve as a message that criminals can no longer prey upon Detroit’s LGBTQ community with impunity.”