TAMPA — Five months after two women were hospitalized with serious injuries from illegal silicone injections they thought would enhance their rear ends, Sharhonda Lindsay has admitted to giving the shots.
In court Monday, Lindsay pleaded guilty to two counts of practicing medicine without a license and was sentenced to four years' probation.
Lindsay, 33, would have gambled with a maximum five-year prison sentence for each charge had the case gone to trial.
Now, along with her probation, Lindsay will have to make restitution to her victims, Andrea Nicole Lee, 30, and Zakiya Thema Teagle, 34, who each spent three weeks at Town & Country Hospital with renal and liver failure.
A prosecutor said Lindsay's debt to her victims exceeds $500,000. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ronald Ficarrotta will reserve judgment on restitution until a firm number is set.
Assistant State Attorney Matthew Smith said one of the victims in this case sought out Lindsay for the illegal butt-enhancing procedure. Deputies said Lee paid $500 for 40 shots. Teagle paid $250 for 20.
On Jan. 29, Lindsay administered the shots. Soon after, Teagle began vomiting and experiencing lower back pain. Someone called 911.
Lindsay turned herself in to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies on Feb. 11, after an arrest warrant was issued.
On Monday, Smith said Lindsay's two victims were in agreement with the plea deal. "Their only concern," he said, "is that Ms. Lindsay doesn't do this again."
As they both recover, and their story continues to be plastered on message boards across the Internet, women are still looking for hookups to up-size their backsides.
Alexandra Zayas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3354.