A man charged with brutally beating a transgender woman in 2013 was sentenced to probation on Friday.
The beating nearly killed 22-year-old Vivian Diego.
Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted Diego in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif. in December 2017. He was sentenced to serve two and a half years probation. He has al
Diego reacted to Shakhnazaryan’s sentence in court on Friday alongside famed attorney Gloria Allred.
“I want to let people know that being trans does not mean our lives are disposable. At the end of the day, we are still human,” Diego said.
Allred said Shakhnazaryan’s should have been sentenced to the maximum allowed by law, which would be two, three or four years in prison.
Diego was reportedly walking leaving work early in 2013 when she got into a verbal confrontation with three men.
Surveillance video shows a group of men approaching Diego and talking to her from behind. The encounter escalates and the men repeatedly kick her before running off.
The vicious assault left Diego with a broken jaw, a shattered cheekbone and cracked ribs.
The two other men involved in the beating had felony charges reduced to misdemeanors.
“I have a permanent plate in my jaw area. I feel that the men that attacked me got off too easy and that just was not properly served,” Diego said.
Shakhnazaryan’s lawyer previously said his client was trying to protect himself, according to news reports.