FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Florida man was convicted Tuesday of shooting a transgendered woman he met on Craigslist before leaving his wife and coming to Kernersville.
Jason Roy Borkowski, 38, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill in connection with an incident that happened on Oct. 12, 2013.
Judge John O. Craig of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Borkowski to four years and nine months to six years and nine months in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Matt Breeding said in court Tuesday that Borkowski had been in Kernersville a couple of days and had gone on Craigslist looking for friends to hang out with. He met the alleged victim, 38, on Craigslist, who told him that she was a transgendered woman. Jason Crump, Borkowski’s attorney, disputed that the woman told Borkowski she was transgendered.
Transgender refers to people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth, according to GLAAD, a media advocacy organization for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. Transgender people may or may not decide to alter their bodies hormonally or surgically, according to GLAAD.
Breeding said the alleged victim and Borkowski saw a movie and then went to the woman’s home, where they engaged in sexual activity. Afterward, Borkowski went to the bathroom and remained there for so long that the woman knocked on the door to see if Borkowski was okay, he said.
Borkowski said he was fine. The woman went back to the bedroom and had her back to the bathroom, when Borkowski came out with a .25-caliber pistol. He shot the woman six times, hitting her multiple times in the shoulder, chest and arms, Breeding said.
The injuries were life-threatening, but she has since recovered.
Crump said Borkowski fired his gun in self-defense because he had heard a group of people outside threatening to kill and rob him. When he came out of the bedroom, it was dark. Crump said Borkowski fired his gun because he feared for his life.
Borkowski apologized in court for his actions.
“I am sorry that I caused pain and suffering for the victim,” he said, adding that he is not a violent person.