An East Orange woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conducting a fatal penis enlargement treatment in 2011.
With jury choice about to begin in her trial, Kasia Rivera confessed to delivering the silicone injection that ultimately eliminated Justin Street, 22, of East Orange, in May 2011.
“You injected the silicone into his penis?” Essex County Assistant Prosecutor William Neafsey asked Rivera during Tuesday’s hearing.
Rivera replied, “Yes.”.
In exchange for her guilty plea to careless murder, prosecutors have actually agreed to suggest a sentence of five years in state jail. Rivera would need to serve somewhat more than 4 years before ending up being eligible for parole.
Superior Court Judge Robert Gardner on Tuesday also reminded Rivera that, as a result of her guilty plea, she could be deported to her native Jamaica.
“I have no idea whether that’ll take place or not, but you comprehend that in reality might happen,” Gardner stated.
Her sentencing is set up for Oct. 19.
In unrelated cases, Rivera, 38, also had been accused of ownership of a stun gun and injecting silicone into another woman’s buttocks and breasts up to four times. Under the plea deal, the charges connected to those cases will be dismissed.
Authorities have said Rivera injected silicone into Street’s penis when he visited her home on Glenwood Avenue in East Orange. The injection shot straight into Street’s blood stream, shutting down his organs, and he died as an outcome the following day, authorities said.
A medical examiner later figured out Street passed away from a silicone embolism, and his death was ruled a murder, authorities said.
Answering concerns from her lawyer, Olubukola Adetula, Rivera on Tuesday acknowledged she was not trained as a medical physician and she was neither trained nor accredited to administer the silicone injection.
Throughout Tuesday’s hearing, Rivera likewise addressed the declared jury tampering that occurred when jury option was under method in her trial in May.
At that time, 3 jurors claimed they were approached on May 8 by a man related to Rivera about influencing the result of the trial. Two of the jurors stated they were provided bribes of $5,000.
One of those 2 jurors stated he offered his contact number to the male and later on received 3 calls from a woman whom he thought to be Rivera.
After hearing those claims while speaking with 20 potential jurors individually at a May 12 hearing, Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler dismissed all of them from serving on the trial. The judge found Rivera was complicit in the effort to improperly affect the potential jury, revoked her bail and remanded her to the Essex County Correctional Facility.
However, on Tuesday, Rivera asserted she did not take part in the alleged scheme which the guy had acted alone in approaching the jurors. Rivera stated she didn’t ask the male to approach the jurors or motivate him to do so. She explained the guy as a pal.