NEW YORK (AP) A New York City man has been sent to prison for murder after his lawyer disparaged the victim in court.

According to the New York Post ( ), attorney John Scarpa argued for leniency by saying the defendant did not kill someone "in the higher end of the community."

The defense said at trial that the victim, a transgender woman, was a prostitute.

Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter shot back that "every human life is scared."

He sentenced Rasheen Everett, of Manhattan, to 29 years to life.

Amanda Gonzalez Andujar (ahn-DOO'-hahr) was strangled in her Glendale, Queens, apartment in March 2010.

Neighbors heard screams. Everett left carrying Andujar's computer and other electronics.

He was arrested in Las Vegas.

He was convicted last month of second-degree murder, burglary and other charges.


Information from: New York Post,