|Dee Whigham was murdered by the former Navy sailor|
Hickerson has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2016 stabbing to death of the transgender woman in Mississippi.
According New York Post, Hickerson pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in the killing of Dee Whigham in a St. Martin hotel room on July 23.
Hickerson will also have to serve 15 years for a robbery charge. He could have faced the death penalty if he had gone to trial on the original charge of capital murder.
Autopsy results show Whigham, 25, was stabbed 119 times. Many of the wounds were to the victim’s face, and her throat was slashed three times.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Leo Allen said surveillance video showed Hickerson and Whigham walking together into a Best Western Hotel room around 8:30 p.m. He said Hickerson was seen leaving the room alone about 23 minutes later, his shirt around his neck, WLOX-TV reported. Before leaving the room, he took a shower.
Hickerson, a New Orleans native, was training at Keesler Air Force Base to be a weather forecaster, according to the Sun Herald .
|Former Navy sailor, Dwanya Hickerson|
He said Whigham picked him up at the gate of Keesler and the two went straight to the hotel where Whigham was staying. He said after they had a form of sex at the hotel, she told him she was a transgender woman.
“I lost. I lost it,” he said, saying he really didn’t remember much afterward.
Whigham’s mother, Vickie Blackney Whigham, criticized Hickerson’s punishment.
“I think the plea is a slap in the face,” she said. “He gets a chance to see his family and I don’t have that chance with my child.” SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>