Judge rejects plea deal in Miami-Dade ‘toxic tush’ case

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

A judge on Tuesday rejected a plea deal that would have sent a Miami Gardens transgender woman to jail for 180 days for injecting Fix-a-Flat, Super Glue and mineral oil into the rear ends of women during illegal cosmetic surgeries.

Ron Oneal Morris, charged with the illegal practice of medicine, also would have paid restitution and served five years’ probation. But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Sue Venzer nixed the deal, saying the sentence was too light.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate, not for the charges, not for second-degree felonies. These charges carry 30 years,” Venzer said.

The “toxic tush” case drew national headlines after images emerged of Morris herself, her posterior swollen and misshapen.

Prosecutors say the botched operations left two women ill and disfigured.

Morris is facing more charges in Broward County, including a manslaughter count after one victim died after an operation.

The Miami-Dade plea deal would have spared the victims, sensitive about the notoriety of the case, from having to testify in open court, prosecutors told the judge.

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