The judge sympathized with their reaction, but said they went too far.
Police have declined to press hate crime charges.
The details were so gruesome that jurors were told they didn't have to do jury service for the next seven years.
Her killing at a motel in Memphis is the 7th trans killing in less than two months.
Activists praise the move, but say more needs to be done.
She’s remembered as a “very sweet and a very good person.”