Texas court sentenced transgender woman who murdered her boyfriend’s 20-month-old baby granddaughter two years ago, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday
Shayla Angeline Boniello, 32, of Rockdale, Texas, was sentenced after pleading guilty
She murdered 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader in December 2018, and will do life without parole
The defendant previously known as Shawn Vincent Boniello, said that she was consumed with wrath and frustration when she killed Patricia Radar
She squeezed the toddler so hard she heard her bones pop and shatter in an attack that lasted for three minutes
Boniello pled guilty to the capital murder and waived all rights to appeal
Prosecutors did not ask for the death penalty because they learned the defendant suffered from a traumatic brain injury
A transgender woman has been given a life sentence for murdering her boyfriend’s toddler granddaughter.
Shayla Angeline Boniello, 32, of Rockdale, Texas was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday, after pleading guilty to murdering 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader.
The transgender woman, previously known as Shawn Vincent Boniello, was sent to prison for life without possibility of parole on November 12, reports KWTX News.
Police officers and paramedics responded to reports of an unresponsive child at around 5.45pm on December 3, 2018.
Medics performed CPR at the scene but were unable to revive the child.
Boniello told authorities that she was consumed with wrath and frustration when she killed the toddler.
She squeezed the little girl so hard she heard her bones pop and shatter in an attack that lasted for three minutes.
Boniello, who was born male and identifies as a woman, was the live in girlfriend of the child’s grandfather, who had recently been granted temporary custody of the infant.
Prosecutors could have sought the death penalty, but said that they were recently provided with evidence that Boniello suffers from a traumatic brain injury.
‘Boniello’s nonviolent past and traumatic brain injury would render any death verdict insufficient and thus be reversed on appeal,’ Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey said in a press release.
Boniello pled guilty to the capital murder and waived all rights to appeal, he said.
She was arrested on the night of the murder and was initially charged with child abandonment and endangerment. But on December 4, 2018, she was also named in a complaint charging capital murder.