Teonna Brown sentenced in transgender woman attack

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in the beating of a transgender woman inside a McDonald's restaurant in Maryland.

Teonna Brown pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault and a hate crime and was sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

The beating at the McDonald's in Rosedale in April attracted national attention after a video of it was posted online. A girl who was 14 at the time of the attack acknowledged her role in juvenile court and was committed to a detention facility.

State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger says the beating was one of the worst he has seen, especially because surveillance video revealed that over 15 minutes, the attackers left and came back to beat the woman again.

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