Man receives 111-year prison sentence for transgender woman’s murder
A Puerto Rican man who confessed to murdering a transgender woman in her Corozal home received a 111-year prison sentence on Monday, Feb. 7.
Primera Hora reported Judge Jesús Peluyera imposed the sentence upon Emanuel Adorno Ayala, who confessed to stabbing Ashley Santiago more than a dozen times in April 2010. Primera Hora further reported Santiago’s mother, Carmen Ocasio, tearfully said "this pain will last for the rest of my life" after Peluyera sentenced Ayala.
As EDGE previously reported, Santiago’s murder came roughly five months after Juan A. Martínez Matos brutally murdered gay teenager Jorge Steven López Mercado near Caguas. Martínez is serving a 99-year prison sentence for the crime.