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Friday, April 9, 2010

Former Soldier Turned Transgendered Weapons Felon Goes to Prison

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Rachel Ildeya Amratiel strikes a pose. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo by Jennifer Silverberg
  • Rachel Ildeya Amratiel strikes a pose.
Last fall, we ran a feature ("Babe n Arms") recounting the bizarre journey of Rachel Idleya Amratiel, ne Thomas Hibodon IV -- a Persian Gulf War veteran, carpenter and cross-dresser who pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges after becoming a woman (kind of a long story).

Well, she's finally gone to prison.

When sentenced in November to 27 months for possessing an unlicensed grenade, Amratiel's attorney argued to Judge Rodney Sippel that her recent sex-change operation had left her with unique medical needs that federal prisons wouldn't easily accommodate. But it appears a prison has been found: Carswell Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

According to the Bureau of Prisons website, Carswell "provides specialized medical and mental health services to female offenders." Amratiel's listed release date is June 30, 2011.

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