Man receives 111-year prison sentence for transgender woman’s murder

by Michael K. Lavers

National News Editor

Monday February 7, 2011

A Puerto Rican man who confessed to murdering a transgender woman in her Corozal home received a 111-year prison sentence on Monday, Feb. 7.

Primera Hora reported Judge Jesús Peluyera imposed the sentence upon Emanuel Adorno Ayala, who confessed to stabbing Ashley Santiago more than a dozen times in April 2010. Primera Hora further reported Santiago's mother, Carmen Ocasio, tearfully said "this pain will last for the rest of my life" after Peluyera sentenced Ayala.

As EDGE previously reported, Santiago's murder came roughly five months after Juan A. Martínez Matos brutally murdered gay teenager Jorge Steven López Mercado near Caguas. Martínez is serving a 99-year prison sentence for the crime.

Based in Washington, D.C., Michael K. Lavers has appeared in the New York Times, BBC, WNYC, Huffington Post, Village Voice, Advocate and other mainstream and LGBT media outlets. He is an unapologetic political junkie who thoroughly enjoys living inside the Beltway.