A convicted killer has been denied his taxpayer-funded sex change operation. Robert Kosilek was convicted of murder in 1993 and recently began seeking state-funded surgery to become Michelle Kosilek. Robert was convicted in 1993 for killing his wife.
In reviewing the killer’s sex-change request, US District Judge Mark Wolf ordered that Michelle receive her surgery. Judge Wolf on Tuesday suspended his original decision after a ruling by the Patrick administration.
Judge Wolf also denied a request by Kosilek to receive electrolysis treatment.
Wolf strangled his wife, Cheryl, and dumped her body in a car at a mall in North Attleborough. After the killing, Robert fled New York State.
During his conviction, Robert Kosilek showed up dress as a women. The convicted killer’s name was legally changed to Michelle in 1993, but he continued to remain in an all-male prison.
Wolf won her right to a sex change operation in September. Wolf, who has called his decision “unpopular” and “misunderstood,” issued the ruling because it was the only adequate care for the inmate’s “serious mental illness, gender identity disorder.”
In 2000, Michelle Kosilek sued the Department of Corrections, claiming that the refusal to offer the sex change violated her Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment.
Judge Wolf sided with the convicted killer and ordered the sex change surgery.
The decision is being appealed in the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The appeal was filed by the Patrick administration.
The state is expected to incur charges over $800,000 for its part in the lawsuit.