Tampa – Tavares Spencer was sentenced on Friday to a minimum of 25 years in prison for attempted 1st-degree murder, attempted 2nd-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Spencer was convicted on all charges during his trial in late October. The charges stemmed from an attack and robbery of Terrence McDonald, a transgendered woman who goes by the name Coko.

During sentencing, ABC Action News reports that McDonald testified about the night she nearly died:

“As I was still lying on the ground, he walked around me, and he pointed the gun, and then he shot me.” – Terrance McDonald

The two had only met once, but had exchanged phone numbers and began a brief relationship via text. During the trial, the prosecution said that Spencer became angry Coko told him that she was transgender and that he had lured her out, then robbed and shot her. The defense claimed that Spencer had planned to have sex with the transgendered woman and that he was the one in fear for his life.


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