On June 25, 2013, a judge rejected a plea deal in the case of transgender woman Ron Oneal Morris, who is facing charges of practicing medicine illegally. Morris allegedly posed as a doctor and administered a number of cosmetic injections to customers’ buttocks. The injections contained Fix-a-Flat, mineral oil and super glue, and left the recipients ill and disfigured.
The plea deal would have required Morris to pay restitution to the victims and be on probation for five years. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Sue Venzer, however, found that the sentenced was too light for the seriousness of the crime, saying, ”I don’t think it’s appropriate, not for the charges, not for second-degree felonies. These charges carry 30 years.”
Prosecutors argued that if the case were to head to trial the victims would have to testify in court, while the plea deal would have spared them the unwanted publicity.
Morris is also facing manslaughter charges in Broward County after her “patient” Shatarka Nuby died of “massive systemic silicone migration,” according to the medical examiner.