Fresno’s LGBT community ‘outraged’ over plea deal for man in transgender woman’s death

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03/15/2019

Members of Fresno’s LGBT community are “outraged” over a plea deal reached with a man charged in the fatal stabbing of a transgender woman nearly four years ago. According to the Fresno Bee, Richard Joseph Lopez, 39, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the 2015 death of Kenton “KC” Haggard, 66. The deal was part of an agreement with the Fresno County District Attorney’s office, the paper reported. Avoiding a life sentence, Lopez will likely serve 23 years in prison. According to those who knew Haggard, the Fresno LGBT community is deeply disappointed with the plea deal.

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