A transgender California inmate convicted of molesting a child has now been charged with murder. Hannah Tubbs was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday after recently being charged in connection to a 2019 robbery.
Tubbs is being held on a $1 million bond and an arraignment is set for Tuesday afternoon. Tubbs became the center of controversy earlier this year after pleading guilty to the 2014 assault on a ten-year-old girl inside a Denny’s restaurant bathroom. Prosecutors said Tubbs grabbed the girl by the throat, locked her in a stall, and put her hand down the girl’s pants. Tubbs who was just two weeks shy of turning 18, identified as a male at the time of the assault.
When authorities arrested Tubbs eight years after the crime and he began identifying as a woman, according to prosecutors. She pleaded guilty to the attack last month. Prosecutors sentenced Tubbs to two years at a juvenile facility because Gascon’s office refused to transfer the case to adult court, adhering to one of the progressive prosecutor’s day-one directives barring “children” from being tried as adults. Though convicted, Tubbs could serve as little as six months under California law and may not be required to register as a sex offender.
“Tubbs had a very lengthy criminal record before George Gascón allowed Tubbs to be sentenced to minimal time in a juvenile facility, which included arrests and convictions for murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence and even a prior sexual assault of a 4-yr-old girl,” Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami said.
“District Attorney George Gascón is committed to protecting the public and especially our children. In this case, Hannah Tubbs continues to serve her Los Angeles County sentence, while being prosecuted on an unrelated robbery charge in Kern County,” Ricardo Santiago, a public information officer for the DAs office said. “Her transfer was based on a 2019 warrant and approved by a court.”
“Judge Barrera’s hands were tied today – due to the fact that the DA’s office failed to file a motion to transfer Tubbs to adult criminal court, which is where she rightly belongs,” Barger said. “Instead, we’re left with a 26-year-old individual sentenced to two years in a juvenile facility in isolation, separated by sight and sound from the other juveniles.”
Tubbs was later caught on a jailhouse phone call gloating about the case and bragging about not having to register as a sex offender.