QUEENS — A Queens man faces a potential of 10 years in prison after admitting to trying to murder his transgender girlfriend whom he was also pimping out, according to Queens DA Melinda Katz's office.
David Viltus, 30, plead guilty to attempted murder in the second degree. According to the DA's office, he went into the Hillside Hotel in Jamaica, Queens on Apr. 18, 2018 where the victim, a 29-year-old transgender woman, was staying. She was later found in front of the hotel with a slash to her fce and had been repeatedly punched in the face and body.
The victim also had a plant smashed against her head. She was thrown against an automated door, knocking it off its hinges.
Further investigation by the DA's office determined the victim was coerced into having sex with strangers for money with Viltus pocketing the cash. According to Katz's office, the victim refused to continue engaging in prostitution and Viltus retailiated with violence.
The defendant tried to contact the victim and get her to drop the charges, according to an indictment.
"Our transgender population has faced a tremendous amount of violence all over this country," said Katz. "The victim in this case was attempting to free herself from the sex trade industry when the defendant — who was pocketing the money she made — attacked her and could have killed her. The defendant has now admitted his guilt and will be punished for this criminal act."
Viltus faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision. He will be sentenced on April 8.