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Henry Gleaves sentenced for killing transgender prostitute

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man convicted of manslaughter for killing a transgender prostitute in 2015 will serve the maximum sentence.

Henry Gleaves, 21, was sentenced to serve the full recommended seven years in prison. And he won't be eligible for probation. He was convicted of killing Sherman Edwards in January of 2015, in the parking lot of the Fern Valley Hotel on Fern Valley Road. 

Gleaves told authorities he met Edwards there and paid for a sex act, thinking Edwards was a female. He later found out Edwards was actually a biological male.

In August a jury found Gleaves not guilty of murder, but they did find him guilty of manslaughter and tampering with evidence. During Thursday's sentencing hearing, Judge Ann Bailey Smith said Gleaves will serve seven years on the manslaughter charge and five on the tampering charge, but they'll run at the same time. 

Prosecutors say they would have liked to have seen a jury convict Gleaves of murder, but this was the agreement both parties reached. 

Gleaves' attorney wasn't in court for sentencing, but told us previously that Gleaves shot Edwards because Edwards and three other people attacked and robbed him.

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