A Manhattan man convicted of murdering a transgender Glendale woman in 2010 has been sentenced to 29 years to life in prison.
Rasheen Everett, 32, was given the prison term after strangling Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, in her 62nd Street apartment on March 27, 2010.
Everett was convicted on Nov. 8 of second-degree murder, second-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence.
“The defendant has now been punished ... for having violently taken the life of another human being inside of her own home,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “I hope the victim’s family receives a measure of solace in knowing that justice has been done.”
On the morning of March 27, 2010, Everett entered Andujar’s apartment at 8:50 a.m. and several minutes later, neighbors reported hearing screams and loud banging consistent with a struggle.
Approximately 18 hours later, Everett left Andujar’s apartment carrying two bags containing her camera, laptop and cell phone.
Her body, laying on her bed and covered in bleach, was discovered three days later by family members.
Everett was arrested on April 9, 2010 at a friend’s Las Vegas home.
He was convicted after a four-week jury trial in Queens Superior Court, where Everett’s former girlfriend testified during the trial that he had choked her in the past, leading to their breakup.
It was also said in court that Everett and Andujar had met online before the encounter, and the defense reported that the victim advertised herself online as a prostitute.