Dallas Man That Kills Transgender Woman Gets 10 Years Probation
(Dallas, TX) The Dallas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault for causing the death of a transgender woman by slamming her head against concrete during an argument.
Jonathan Stuart Kenney, 29, was sentenced to 10 years probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault in the death of Janette Tovar, 43,a transgender woman who he called his life partner — causing outrage among family members.
In October 2012 after an argument between the two escalated, Kenney slammed Tovar’s head into the concrete about a block away from their apartment, and continued the assault after getting home, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News.
Kenny called police that afternoon to report that Tovar was not breathing or responsive, according to a police report. A medical examiner ruled Tovar died of blunt force trauma to the head.
The Dallas County district attorney’s office had originally charged Kenney with murder, but he was later indicted for aggravated assault — also a first-degree felony. In exchange for pleading guilty Tuesday, Kenney got 10 years of deferred adjudication, a type of probation in which a judge can sentence someone to life in prison for violating its terms.
The family has set up a Facebook page to continue to advocate for Tovar.