The oldest of the two teens charged with assaulting a transgender female at a Baltimore county McDonald's will spend the next 5 years in prison for her crimes.

19-year-old Teonna Brown was 18 when she and a 14-year-old female accomplice pounced on Chrissy Polis outside the McDonald's women's restroom. The beating was captured on cell phone video by a McDonald's employee who was on duty at the time. The employee could be heard laughing on the video, and at one point he urged the attackers to flee before police arrived. That employee was terminated but no charges were brought against him.

Vicki Thoms, an elderly woman who tried to stop the assault was punched in the eye. The Baltimore County prosecutor is calling the unprovoked attack a hate crime.

“I don’t really care who the victim is,” said prosecutor Scott Shellenberger. “This wasn’t about a political statement. This was about prosecuting people for a heinous crime that they committed.”

Brown was convicted of a hate crime and first degree assault during a tense hearing yesterday in a Maryland courtroom. She was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Brown's 14-year-old accomplice is being held in a juvenile facility until she is 18.

Brown appeared to be remorseful while tearfully apologizing to the victim. “I’m sorry. My mother did not raise me like this. I would really like to apologize to the victim, Miss Chrissy Polis,” she said.

But Polis was not ready to accept her apology.

"I felt like I was going to die that day," the letter reads. "I continue to suffer seizures, bouts of crying, mental anguish and anxiety. I fear being alone. I have flashbacks about the attacks. I do not forgive them for what they did to me."

Polis filed a civil lawsuit against the McDonald's corporation for failing to provide a safe environment for its customers. A settlement has not yet been reached.

"I just wish that there was more love in this world than hate," Thoms said. "That’s what I keep saying every time you guys talk to me, and that’s what I hope she learns out of this whole thing, and everybody learns the same thing."

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  • Posche

    Disgusting. I don't condone the gay lifestyle, however the beating was very disgusting.

    Good morning Brenden..!

  • NaijaGal

    I'm so not understanding what McDonalds was supposed to do to have prevented this. Can't stand when people go for money with the wrong people. I hope McDonalds doesn't pay it jack

  • Creamychic

    WOW, oh well, she decided her destiny, had you listen to your mother in the first place, you would not be in this mess, in her words " MY MOTHER DIDNT RAISE ME THIS WAY" I beg to differ something went wrong somewhere for you to act this way. :coffee:

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    WELL THAT WILL TEACH UR AZZ TO STOP AND THINK BEFORE U DO DUM IGNANT CHIT.... :coffee: MORNING FOLKS!

  • Mamacita

    @Naija The fact that the workers just stood around and laughed shows that they didn't give a damn about the customer's safety. Not a good look. When you enter an establishment the last thing you want to worry about is getting the brakes beat off of you.
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    :applause: Good for them. They'll learn that you don't put your hands on people because you want to prove something to your friends. They probably thought that sh*t was cute. Not anymore.

  • GeminEyez

    on the radio they said she received 10 years.......

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    Welp when caught on film goes wrong...

    Yes they think it's cute. There are hundreds of videos of people fighting on film for what appears to be "for the fun of it". The beating was brutal and uncalled for.

    So I hope the Mama that raised her better put money on her books....

  • Crickett

    No money means mo problems- thesegirls needed a better attorney. I read that that the wo/man was not a customer and would often come in McDonalds bathroom to wash up after her street job. Doesn't make it right, but the sentencing of the 8th grader to prison until she is 18 is steep. It was the woman's element of society that made her a target and not necessarily her sexuality but more likely her occupation as a hooker. By the way, most of the Queens I know can fight, why didn't this trick fight back or do something??

  • Mamacita

    @Crickett regardless of what the wo/man was doing there they were beyond wrong. They don't work for McDonald's. If they had an issues they should've notified the manager not beat her/him. I don't think the sentece was steep because if they're willing to beat someone just because they don't like thier lifestyle then believe they have done this before and will do it again.

  • Yardgirl

    Brown appeared to be remorseful while tearfully apologizing to the victim. “I’m sorry. My mother did not raise me like this. I would really like to apologize to the victim, Miss Chrissy Polis,” she said.

    Oh so noooowww you sorry, well you should have thought of that before you did it. The video was hard to watch, the beating was vicious. McDonald's is liable because it happened in their store and none of the workers stepped in to help, instead they pulled out their phones to videotape and stood around laughing. Sickening :no:

  • OSHH

    @ Crickett, in the event this is true the washing up after tricks, those girls had no business attacking the person, call the cops or call management etc. A better attorney probably would have gotten them a lighter punishment but it was just stupid to attack the person TBW.
    I just don't condone bullying or violence against anyone, gay transgender, straight whateva, unless you are in a situation where you are defending yourself.

  • Creamychic

    @ crickett look at the color, of their skin ( real talk) if it was a black tranny, ummm it would have went a lil diffeerent, our people should know better, racism is still here and it aint going anywhere no time soon, so b4 a black person even think about beating a white person, they will do better going to hang themselves, cause justice is not in our favor in this country, every race comes to american just pushes black futher down the totem pole, we have'nt even been classified as real citizens (when we help build these folks road, railways, etc., we the only race of people still have to get permission to vote, every so many years, nothing is gonna change unless we as a people change

  • HoneyDip aka QueenSJ

    @Crickett

    So what she was a hooker? I don't agree with that lifestyle AT all, but I'm not going to BEAT people who choose to do it.

    And the girls needed a better attorney? Please. It doesn't start with that. It starts with learning to keep your hands to your damn self.

  • Crickett

    @Mamacita- they did tell the workers and they did nothing and that's when everything went left- the woman argued with them about leaving the bathroom. It's not right, I agree I just think the sentencing of the kid was a bit much, it was mostly the older woman.

  • HoneyDip aka QueenSJ

    @Crickett

    Okay, if they didn't like the victim being in the restroom, and they told management, why not simply leave???

  • Crickett

    Because kids are dumb and that should have been her defense.

  • Mamacita

    I'm sorry but "being young and dumb" is not a defense. They knew they were wrong because they LEFT before the police got there. And not to mention the whole thing was recorded and all over the internet. Everyone saw how ruthless the beating was so there was no way to get a lighter sentence.

  • lovinme

    and i bet the parents of these women/girls are saying " she is a good girl" Bullshit!!!! she is a criminal.. thats what she is....

    white, black, brown, yellow I dont care who you are you have no right to beat someone down cause you dont like who they are..
    I bet these b***** thought that shit was cute until they got arrested and now are in jail..

    I bet they were braggin.... brag away my dears behind bars and make your mamas proud. I get so sick of young people and ignorant people of all races who think that they can harm someone physically for something they are or do!

  • lisaROSE

    they'll be out in 2years working in mcdonalds

  • MrUnapologetic

    I think a 5 year jail sentence is appropriate. It's enough time for their silly-azzes to really reflect on what they did and still have their youth to turn their lives around for the better. I think it's risky business to mess with people you don't know these days because you never know how it could turn out. Drag queens/Trannys or whatever you want to call them are notorious for gutting someone like a fish if you back them in a corner. I think those little happy-headed chicks were lucky as far as I am concerned! I have very little to NO sympathy for anyone who hurt other people for no reason! As for Mickey D's, their employees have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for their customers which means calling the police when something like this happens. Ironically, that one employee did just opposite therefore "possibly" making MacDonalds liable.

  • Anna

    lisaROSE says:

    they’ll be out in 2years working in mcdonalds

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    Sad but true. She better take advantage of the free schooling in jail.

  • jazzyiest

    Waiting to see how much time those white boys in Mississippi will get for running over that black man with their truck and killing him.

    These girls get 5 years for this...I'm waiting on a life sentence for the white boys. :coffee:

  • MSVALLDAY

    Mamacita says:

    @Crickett regardless of what the wo/man was doing there they were beyond wrong. They don’t work for McDonald’s. If they had an issues they should’ve notified the manager not beat her/him. I don’t think the sentece was steep because if they’re willing to beat someone just because they don’t like thier lifestyle then believe they have done this before and will do it again.
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    First of all let's remember that this is a man, that was in the ladies restroom. I have no problem with whatever lifestyle you choose but if you ain't an official chick you need to use the appropriate restroom. Stop trying to force your lifestyle on everyone. Why wasn't he prosecuted for going into the ladies restroom? Any other male would've been!!!!!!!! Not saying these young ladies are right b/c clearly they weren't, but why is that the only focus here.

  • TiFan4Lyfe

    she shouldve known better than to do what she did...if she would have took a higher route the lil 14 year old she was with would have done the same. she could have set a good example and said no to ignorance but she didnt so.....i hope she takes the time to think about her actions and turn some things around.

  • deedeegirl

    this is no less than what the attackers deserve.

  • supa

    @MSVALLDAY: :preach:

  • supa

    @jazzyiest: :preach:

  • Taboo01

    @MSVALLDAY
    First of all let’s remember that this is a man, that was in the ladies restroom. I have no problem with whatever lifestyle you choose but if you ain’t an official chick you need to use the appropriate restroom. Stop trying to force your lifestyle on everyone. Why wasn’t he prosecuted for going into the ladies restroom? Any other male would’ve been!!!!!!!! Not saying these young ladies are right b/c clearly they weren’t, but why is that the only focus here.

    We as a society have to understand that just because ppl are different doesnt mean they should be attacked for it. We are all entitled to our opinons,but it is important to understand that the unjust treatment our country was built on still exist. A transgender SHOULD use the female restroom b/c she is living her life as a female and trust me when I tell you she's not checking out the women occupying the restroom...if anything she's handing out make-up tips while she freshens up in the mirror. Could you imagine how men would react to her using the restrooms with them? Women are supposed to be more compassionate individuals. These woman and ppl that think like them clearly lack that compassion. It wasnt okay for white's to consider us inferior to them and its not okay for ppl to be so closed minded in this day and age. Her using that restroom wasn't her forcing her lifestyle on anyone...it was her living her life the way she deemed appropriate. We as a ppl have to do better.

  • fergie

    @Taboo01 I'm confused.... so it's okay for a butch lesbian to pee in the men's urinal because that's her lifestyle? I think not. I think you are giving the men a lesser obligation here. As to say women should accept a man (with a penis) using the women's restroom because MEN might be offended by a man dressed as a woman in the CORRECT restroom. Absolutely not... men should be held to the same expectation as women when it comes to compassion and civil behavior. Give me my "make-up tips" while I wait in line at the register.

  • supa

    @fergie: :cosign: 100%

    If bathroom situations pose as problems when deciding to take on the role of another gender, that's something that confused-gendered people have to figure out. I hate how they keep imposing their lifestyle and when it doesn't sit well with other people, they want to yell hate crime. GTFOH with that! No, I'm not condoning what these girls did per se, but 5 years? So what the courts are saying is that it's ok for a man, as long as he's in a skirt, to be in the bathroom with young girls? That's one of the bigger issues for me. Yes, those kids behaved improperly, but damn. 5 years in jail? I bet that as soon as the sentencing was over, all of what he wrote regarding mental anguish and such was forgotten. Those girls are paying for every single person that made fun of that man in his entire life. Like it was mentioned earlier, let's see what the sentencing outcome will be for those boys who ran that man over. Since we're talking real hate crimes here, I hope they get a life sentence.

    Wait! Did I just commit pronoun violence???? :hahaha: I will never forget when someone on here said that...that chit had me cracking up for days. Seriously though, we have got to stop making excuses for people and their abnormal f*ckery. Just like it's NOT ok for those girls to lash out violently, it is NOT ok for a man to use a woman's bathroom - particularly when children are involved. Period! Those girls needed way better counsel than what they received.

  • Taboo01

    @ fergie

    I have used the restroom and studs have come in to use it as well and its not an issue for me. Im saying that ignorance breeds ignorance and we live in a world where ppl feel like "real men" shouldnt associate themselves with homosexuals...and typically this is done out of fear that ppl may think he may be gay too. I know straight men that are cool with the gays but they are few in number when comparing those that feel its not the macho thing to do...cleary the video was a prime example with the straight guy talking out the side of his neck. Perhaps Hadicap restrooms should be included in space planning that way everyone would be happy and no one would feel like anyone is imposing their decisions on others. Funny thing is everyone is ready to pass judgment without having walked a mile in the persons shoes. I am a openly gay male who respects himself and those around me.Im not an alpha male but I dress and act like a guy, but still I have heard the inappropriate comments made by co-workers and seen the disapproving stares. When out with friends I fell victim to ppls ignorance while we were minding our own business...all we did was enter the mall and some straight "men" yelled out " Oh hell nawl"...we didnt impose anything on anyone, but according to what your saying...maybe we should have used a different entrance maybe one at the rear of the mall. In a perfect world everyone would be ok with peoples differences, but realistically speaking the change has to start at home.I made the comment about women being compassionate b/c the provide the nurturing during the childs growth process and in todays world most homes have single mothers as the head of the household...hope you get it now...smh

  • Destinee

    “I just wish that there was more love in this world than hate,” Thoms said. “That’s what I keep saying every time you guys talk to me, and that’s what I hope she learns out of this whole thing, and everybody learns the same thing.”

    She said she wanted more love in the world, but when the girl apologized she didnt accept it because she having flash backs??? I hate when ppl talk in contradictions!! No matter what SHE is a HE! Man up!

  • fergie

    @Destinee Polis is the victim. Thoms is the elderly woman that was hit in the eye trying to break up the fight.