MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A proposed deal for a South Florida man accused of injecting “super glue” and Fix-A-Flat into the buttocks of women in botched illegal cosmetic surgery procedures has gone flat.
On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Sue Venzer rejected the prosecution’s proposal that Ron Oneal Morris serve 180 days in jail and five years probation.READ MORE: Man Who Suffered Severe Burns Returns To Miami To Reunite With Medical Staff Who Helped Save His Life At Kendall Regional Medical Center
Morris is charged with unlicensed practice of a healthcare professional with serious injury and practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily harm.
Prosecutors told the judge that a lack of physical evidence and the reluctance of witnesses to testify would make a conviction difficult. Venzer replied that Morris deserved more than just a proverbial ‘slap on the wrist’.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate, not for the charges, not for second-degree felonies. These charges carry 30 years,” said Venzer.
“We are disappointed,” said Michael Mirer, Morris’s attorney. “We thought we had reached a fair agreement. We respect the judge’s decision and will prepare for trial.”
A trial, however, could be averted if another plea agreement with more severe penalties could be struck which would satisfy the judge’s concerns.
Venzer also put off consideration of a plea bargain for Morris’ alleged accomplice, Corey Eubank, who would have gotten probation for culpable negligence.READ MORE: New Study Finds Growing Number Of Young People Suffering From Climate Change Anxiety
Morris, who police say was born a man but identifies as a woman, was first arrested Friday Nov. 18th, 2011. Authorities say a person who was looking to get a job at a nightclub and wanted a curvier figure paid Morris $700 for the injections in 2010. Morris allegedly used some type of tubing and inserted a toxic concoction of cement, superglue and flat-tire sealant into her backside during a painful procedure.
Morris was rearrested after a second person came forward claiming to have been treated by Eubank and Morris, according to Miami Gardens Police
These aren’t the only charges against Morris.
In Broward, she faces a number of them including manslaughter in the death of Shatarka Nuby, 31, who died in March while serving time in a Tallahassee prison.
After her death, the assistant medical examiner determined Nuby died of “massive systemic silicone migration” as a consequence of cosmetic silicone injections that were allegedly given to her by Oneal in 2007, which she then sealed with cotton balls and super glue.
Before her death, Nuby told a Florida Department of Health investigator that she paid Morris at least $2,000 for about 10 treatments between 2007 and 2011 to enhance her buttocks, hips, thighs and breasts.
Another woman, Valentina Lopez of Hallandale Beach, claimed injections given to her by Morris two years ago made her ill. Lopez said she had silicone injections done on her buttocks which resulted in knots and required seven surgeries to fix her injuries.MORE NEWS: Texas-Style Abortion Bill Filed in Florida
Many of Morris’ alleged victims claim they heard of her services through word of mouth in the transgender community. They say Morris charged thousands of dollars for the injections and often wore surgical scrubs and a stethoscope to give the appearance of a legit business.