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Transsexual Woman Sentenced to Prison for Knife Attack Committed as a Man

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Andre Torres, a transsexual currently living as a female, was sentenced today to 11 years to life in state prison for a knife attack against an attorney in 2010.

Torres, who committed the crime while living as a man, was addressed as "Miss Torres" in court, notes City News Service.

The attempted murder took place on May 20, 2010, and involved Torres "plunging a butcher knife into the back of a workers' compensation attorney," in a courtroom at a state building in downtown L.A. The victim, Joseph Rippinger, worked for the same firm that opposed Torres' workers' comp claim.

Torres returned to the courtroom where his case had been heard, and caught Rippinger telling someone via telephone what firm he worked for, though Rippinger had not been involved in Torres' workers' compensation case.

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The injuries Rippinger sustained necessitated two surgeries.