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.