Second Suspect Pleads Guilty in Gruesome Murder of Trans Teen

In 2017, four people were were arrested in connection with the brutal murder of 17-year-old Ally Lee Steinfeld, a trans woman.

Note: This article contains gruesome descriptions of violence.

A second suspect has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2017 murder of Missouri transgender teen Ally Lee Steinfeld.

On September 1, Steinfeld’s loved ones reported that the 17-year-old was missing. Weeks later, her mutilated and badly burned body was discovered near a mobile home in Texas County, M.O. Three people—Isis Schauer and Andrew Vrba, both 18, and Briana Calderas, 24, who owned the mobile home—were arrested for murder, armed criminal action, and abandonment of a corpse. A third suspect, 25-year-old James T. Grigsby, was also charged with abandoning her body.

Vrba told police that he repeatedly stabbed Steinfeld, gouging out her eyes and genitals. The trio then burned her dead body, placing the teen’s remains in a garbage bag and leaving them in a nearby chicken coop.

This Tuesday, Grisby pleaded guilty to abandonment of a corpse and was sentenced to four years in prison. News of his imprisonment comes months after Schauer, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Calderas and Vrba both await trial for first-degree murder.

Steinfeld’s grisly murder marked the 21st death of a transgender person due to anti-trans violence in 2017. She is remembered by her mother, who told the Associated Press that her daughter was “loving and kind-hearted.”

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