A Sacramento County jury has found a 23-year-old man guilty of a hate crime in an assault on a transgender victim at an Oak Park market.
Trayvon Kirkendoll was convicted Tuesday of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. The jury also found that the offense was a hate crime, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. A bench trial will be held at sentencing with regard to Kirkendoll’s prior convictions.
Kirkendoll was at the Bonfare Market in Oak Park when he saw the victim, a transgender female, enter the store. Kirkendoll approached the victim and talked to her. When he realized the victim was transgender, he became embarrassed and then angry, authorities said.
Kirkendoll left the store and went to his car, where two female companions were waiting. When the victim attempted to leave the store, Kirkendoll and his friends approached the victim, told her that Kirkendoll was not gay and then assaulted her.
Authorities said the three repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped the victim. During the assault, they made derogatory remarks referencing their perception of the victim’s sexual orientation.
Kirkendoll is to be sentenced July 23 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge James McFetridge.