DETROIT – A 27-year-old Detroit man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting a transgender woman after paying her to perform a sexual act in the back seat of his car.
Jason L. Hogan pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit murder and a felony firearms charge during the commission of a felony.
Hogan met the woman Jan. 13 and arranged to pay for sexual activity in the back of his car, police said. After performing a sex act, Hogan shot her in the face with a handgun.
The woman escaped from Hogan and was treated at Grace Hospital.
Detroit police investigated the case and arrested Hogan.
"This case highlights the mortal danger faced by transgender individuals in Michigan," Fair Michigan’s Transgender Outreach Coordinator Julisa Abad said. "Since Michigan law permits employment discrimination against LGBTQ residents, trans people sometimes must resort to sex work in order to survive, which puts them at extreme risk of criminal violence. It is incredibly encouraging to know that the Fair Michigan Justice Project, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Detroit Police Department have stated, in no uncertain terms, that violence against the transgender community is unacceptable under any circumstances and that these agencies stand ready to aggressively prosecute these brutal crimes."
Hogan is expected to return to court May 16 for a sentencing hearing.
"This conviction demonstrates both the danger of serious crime faced by the transgender community, and the robust response to such crimes by Wayne County’s law enforcement and criminal justice systems," Fair Michigan President Dana Nessel said. "The Fair Michigan Justice Project has proven to be effective in filling the need for rapid and effective in filling the need for rapid and respectful response to crimes committed against LGBTQ persons."
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