D.C. Man Gets 15-Year Sentence for Transgender Assault

Third conviction for a crime of violence.

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    A District man convicted of attacking a transgender woman last summer in Northwest Washington was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

    Russell Brock-Smith, 26, from Washington, D.C., was convicted of assault with intent to rob in November.

    The prosecutor's office says Brock-Smith approached the victim around 5 p.m. on August 1, as she was walking home from work on Buchanan Street NW and attempted to steal her purse. 

    During the altercation, Brock-Smith pulled the victim’s hair and punched her in the head, according to the Attorney's Office.  Brock-Smith fled the scene after the victim said she would call the police.

    Brock-Smith was eligible for an enhanced 15-year sentence because this was his third conviction for a crime of violence, according to officials.