In a 2018 statement, Jessica emphasized that Stough was loved by family and friends, adding, “I want them to know that transgender ladies—expressly those of color—they’re just not throwaways; people care about them.”
Prosecutor Kym Worthy expressed gratitude for the case being brought to resolution, adding that Stough “mattered” and “will not be forgotten.”
“We will continue to aggressively prosecute those who bring harm to this and other Wayne County communities,” Worthy said.
The case had been assigned to a special prosecutor from the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), an initiative to help law enforcement officers and prosecutors solve crimes against members of the LGBTQ+ community.
“This guilty plea hopefully brings a long-awaited sense of closure to the family and friends of Kelly Stough,” said FMJP president Alanna Maguire. “Further, it demonstrates a firm commitment to justice from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and our team at the Fair Michigan Justice Project.”