U.S. District Judge James Turk in Roanoke had yet to decide Monday whether taxpayers should pay for medical evaluations to determine whether Ophelia De'Lonta, born Michael Stokes, is eligible for a complete sex change, WWBT in Richmond reported.
De'Lonta, 53, was convicted 33 years ago of three bank robberies and has more than 40 years left on her federal prison sentence.
Court papers show state officials argue De'Lonta, who has mutilated herself several times, is not a candidate for the exam because she suffers from borderline personality disorder and is not participating in therapy in a meaningful way.
"I suffer almost constantly because my identity as a woman is at odds with my biological sex, which is male," The Roanoke Times reported De'Lonta said in a statement filed in court.
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