The 19-year-old woman who attacked transgender woman Chrissy Lee Polis in a Baltimore McDonalds has been will serve five years in prison for her crimes. Teonna Monae Brown was convicted of first degree assault and commission of a hate crime.
The judge sentenced Brown to ten years in prison for each crime, but suspended five years from both counts and will allow her to serve the terms concurrently. Brown will also serve three years on probation following her release.
Polis, unfortunately, is still suffering from the vicious attack:
Mark Scurti, Polis's attorney, said Polis planned to attend the sentencing hearing on Tuesday but was unable to do so after experiencing recurring symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, for which she was diagnosed following the beating.
Scurti said Polis checked herself into a crisis counseling facility last Friday, which has provided assistance to Polis since the incident occurred in April.
"I continue to suffer seizures, bouts of crying, mental anguish and anxiety," Polis said in a victim impact statement submitted to the judge prior to Tuesday's sentencing. "I fear being alone. I have flashbacks about the attacks. I have twice now been admitted to a crisis center, and I am having extreme mental difficulty."
So what do you think? Is five years in prison enough punishment? Or does she deserve more?