Va. inmate seeking sex change granted parole

Posted on: 6:50 pm, January 16, 2014, by , updated on: 10:17pm, January 16, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A transgender inmate seeking a state-paid sex-change operation has been granted parole.

Ophelia De’Lonta, who was born Michael Stokes, has been imprisoned for the past 30 years for bank robbery.

Her parole comes just as a federal district court is set to decide whether she will get that $20,000 surgery.

Back in August, a judge ruled De’Lonta would see a gender identity specialist to determine if the operation is necessary.

If the specialist decides it and the court agrees, the Virginia Department of Corrections will pay for the sex change.

Mark Holmberg will have a complete report tonight at 11. 



  • loritannre says:

    What a spoiled brat

  • Mikeh says:

    30 years for a bank robbery? There’s got to be more to the this.

    • Dustin Cavanaugh says:

      It was before they went overkill on the war on drugs. Overpopulation of jails and prisons is why you will see murderers getting 8 or 9 years. I see it all of the time.

  • James Hamilton says:


  • leslie says:

    Okay so my question is how is this EVER a necessary surgery. And what are the guidelines used to if it is necessary…We as taxpayers have provided this Person food and shelter.

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