Anthony Bowden's murder trial ends with victim impact statements

Former Fort Bliss soldier Anthony Bowden was found guilty of murdering Erykah Tijerina, a transgender prostitute.

The murder trial of former Fort Bliss soldier Anthony Michael Bowden has finally come to a close.

Bowden will serve 35 years in prison for the murder of Erykah Tijerina in August of 2016. Tijerina was a transgender woman working as a prostitute at the time.

Bowden will also have to pay a $10,000 fine.

Bowden claimed that Tijerina was blackmailing him by threatening to tell the Army that he had had relations with a prostitute.

Bowden’s defense also argued the former soldier has Asperger’s Syndrome. In court on Tuesday Bowden’s mother, Brenda Bowden, said she was told by a doctor that her son had Asperger’s when he was in high school. Brenda said she chose not to seek treatment for her son because she did not want it to get in the way of him going into the military.

Erykah Tijerina’s sister gave an emotional impact statement. She brought pictures of Erykah and told the courtroom about her love for hair, makeup and music.

She said to Bowden, “You took more than you could ever imagine.”

She spoke about Erykah’s nieces and nephews who will now grow up without their aunt who they know was gruesomely murdered.

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