Man gets maximum prison term for murder of transgender woman near Cornell campus

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A 47-year-old Ithaca man has received the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for killing a woman whose body was found at a construction site near Cornell University.

Michael Davis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February. He admitted he killed 28-year-old Josie Berrios in June. He was sentenced Friday in Tompkins County Court.

Investigators said Berrios and Davis had a personal relationship but didn’t provide details.

Prosecutors initially considered charging Davis with a hate crime for killing Berrios, who was a transgender woman. But District Attorney Matthew Van Houten said there was no evidence to support that charge.

Image from Facebook of Kendra Adams aka Josie Berrios

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