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Man sentenced to life in prison for transgender wife's death

Added 01-24-20 11:03:02pm EST - “A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing his transgender wife and was sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Man sentenced to life in prison for transgender wife’s death”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing his transgender wife and was sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Mark Steele-Knudslien, 49, of North Adams, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to second-degree murder, The Boston Globe reported.

Prosecutors said Steele-Knudslien killed his wife, transgender activist Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, in January 2018, in their North Adams home by stabbing her and hitting her with a hammer.

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Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien was a well-known advocate in the transgender community. She helped organize the first New England Trans Pride parade in 2008 and she started a beauty pageant for transgender women in Northampton shortly after.

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