Judge sentences woman arrested in transgender person’s death

A woman from Denham Springs who was accused of killing a transgender woman in 2020 received a suspended sentence and probation after pleading no contest to manslaughter, according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

According to a news release from Perrilloux’s office, Judge Erika Sledge sentenced Lynette Muse, 37, to 15 years in prison, which was suspended, and three years of probation on Feb. 3.

Muse was originally charged with second-degree murder when she was arrested by the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 28, 2020, for the death of 32-year-old Shakie Peters.

Peters’ body was found on July 1, 2020. Muse is scheduled to appear for felony monitoring on March 24.

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