by Sarah Harper
A man was sentenced Thursday to more than 27 years in prison after he was convicted of raping and robbing a transgender person in St. Paul.
Demetrius Jermaine Miller, 33, was given a 23-year sentence for the rape charge and four years for aggravated robbery, reported KSTP-TV.
The Star Tribune reported that Miller decided to represent himself before Ramsey County District Judge Rosanne Nathanson.
The victim, a 27-year-old woman transitioning to become a man, testified about being beaten, robbed and raped in an alley behind a gas station in the 1300 block of W. University Avenue, reported the Star Tribune.
"As God is my witness: I am innocent. There is no way I would rape a girl who looks like a man," Miller said to Nathanson in court, according to the Star Tribune.