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Transvestite pleads guilty in silicone-related death
Friday, February 4, 2005 Posted: 1:08 PM EST (1808 GMT)

ALBANY, Georgia (AP) -- A transvestite who pumped industrial silicone into other men to give them feminine features pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a man who suffered complications.

Stephen Thomas, 31, will serve five years in prison and 10 years on probation under the plea to felony involuntary manslaughter, which he entered Monday.

The plea was appropriate because those involved were willing participants and there was no intent to kill, Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg Edwards said Friday.

The death of Andre Geter in December 2003 threw a spotlight on "pumping," a thriving underground practice among men living as women, particularly those who compete in beauty pageants and perform in drag shows.

While medical-grade silicone is sealed to prevent leaks and is sterile, the industrial version is not and can cause infections. The silicone sealant that Thomas used on Geter is available in hardware stores.

Geter, 23, suffered convulsions and fell unconscious after receiving injections in the hips and buttocks during a "pumping party" in Albany. He died of blood poisoning a month later.

Three other men await trial on conspiracy charges. Edwards said the three provided rides to the parties and handed Thomas instruments during the procedures. In return, Thomas, who charged $300 to $400 for the injections, gave them free injections, the prosecutor said.
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