A trans-identified male with a lengthy criminal history has been found guilty after attacking a Chinese man on a subway platform in New York City last year.
Christian Jeffers, who identifies as a woman, appeared in court on Wednesday where the jury deliberated for less than a day before convicting him of “attempted assault, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and aggravated harassment.”
According to the Daily Mail, which refers to the racist using “she/her” pronouns, Jeffers was arrested in the spring of last year after he beat a young Asian man with a hammer at the 14th Street subway station in Manhattan, New York City. Footage of the crime shows Jeffers wearing a black wig and purple lipstick, bashing the victim in the head after a brief exchange on the subway.
Jeffers reportedly bumped into the 29-year-old victim while he and his wife were at the platform on March 8, 2022. Jeffers flew into a rage at the couple, stomping on the man’s foot and proceeding to bash his head in with a hammer he rapidly drew from his handbag. After being arrested less than 24 hours later, the criminal complaint revealed that Jeffers had hurled racial slurs at two police officers during his capture, one of whom is also Asian.
“By the time I get out of prison, first thing I’m going to do is get a gun and try to kill as many of you as possible,” Jeffers said, apparently directing the horrific comment at the Asian officer.
As noted by the Daily Mail, Jeffers is no stranger to criminal convictions. His crime-filled past dates back to 2007 and includes 47 prior arrests on “charges of prostitution, grand larceny, public lewdness, theft of service and drug possession.”
Although Jeffers has not yet received his sentence, he is facing up to 15 years behind bars for the assault in the first degree and a Class C felony in which an individual has intentionally harmed someone using a weapon.
According to the pro-woman news outlet Reduxx, based on New York City’s policy on transgender inmates, Jeffers may be entitled to serve his sentence in a women’s prison because of his self-declared gender identity.
The policy, which was adopted by the city in 2018 and is distinct from wider state policy, directs inmates to be housed “based on their self-declared gender identity unless the outcome of a federally required safety assessment or the preferences of the inmate require alternative housing.”
Jeffers has been catalogued as “female” by New York City’s Department of Corrections, and is currently being held at the Rose M. Singer Center – the only female facility on Rikers Island.