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PORTLAND -- A transgender man who smashed a roommate's skull with a pickax will serve life in prison.

David Wayne French killed Frank Johnson in May of 2007. On Thursday he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 25 years, KXL radio reported.

Firefighters broke into the apartment and found Johnson, 51, dead in 2007. Police said French jumped out of a third-story bedroom window and fled.

French is legally a man but considers himself a woman. During the trial, the prosecution argued in dramatic fashion, while demonstrating with an ax, that the defendant swung the weapon into Johnson's head six times.

French has claimed that she simply held the pickax up to defend herself and that Johnson accidentally fell on it.

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