A man who administered silicone to a transgender woman who later died pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and unauthorized practice of medicine and was immediately sentenced to three years and eight months in jail.
Liborio De La Luz Ramos, 45, accepted a plea deal from Orange County Superior Court Judge Gassia Apkarian and was given credit for 630 days behind bars.
The Santa Ana resident did not have a medical license or authorization to perform medical procedures in California, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors identified the victim, pronounced dead on Jan. 21, as 40- year-old Felipe De La Riva, who used the name Katya.
Sometime last Dec. 30-31, Ramos met with Riva at a hotel in Orange, where the silicone injections were done, according to prosecutors and police.
Investigators found two victims of Ramos — the other one did not suffer any ill effects, Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke said.
On New Year’s Day, De La Riva checked into an area hospital and died three weeks later of silicone embolism syndrome, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Hospital officials called the Orange County Sheriff’s-Coroner’s Office, which notified Santa Ana police.
Ramos also administered an anesthetic and injected silicone into a 28- year-old person at the defendant’s Santa Ana home last New Year’s Day, prosecutors said.
Police initially thought De La Riva attended a “silicone party” in December at a Santa Ana residence, but that turned out to be incorrect, Burke said.
— Wire reports