Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald admitted Monday that an inner rage brewed long before an exchange of words that ended with the deadly stabbing of Dean Schmitz outside a bar in south Minneapolis last year. The pressures of being trans — namely, fear of rejection and of hostile reactions from others — resulted in spite and hatefulness, said McDonald, who is transitioning from a man to a woman.
That pent-up fury exploded on the night of June 5, 2011, during an argument when McDonald stabbed the 47-year-old in the heart, killing him instantly.
But McDonald, who on Monday was sent to prison for 3 1/2 years, said the responsibility for what happened is mutual. “I’m sure that to Dean’s family, he was a loving, caring person,” McDonald, 24, told Judge Daniel Moreno. “But that is not what I saw that night. I saw a racist, transphobic, narcissistic bigot who did not have any regard for my friends and I.”
McDonald will initially be housed as a man at the St. Cloud prison, corrections spokeswoman Sarah Russell said Monday. Then the state will make its own determination of McDonald’s gender, an assessment that will involve reviewing “any and all collateral documentation and a physical and psychological evaluation,” said Russell.
In the meantime, the state will house McDonald based on the inmate’s safety and the well-being of others, she said, adding that dealing with gender uncertainty among inmates “is not a unique situation” for the department. As of late January, there were 10 inmates in the state’s corrections system who have been clinically confirmed by the state as having “a gender identity disorder.”
Thoughts on this? Should CeCe be in a men’s prison, especially since they say she is “transitioning” from a man to a woman??