Va. inmate seeking sex change granted parole

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-16 22:17:55-05

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.