"Black Madam" Padge-Victoria Windslowe. Credit: PPD
Trial on murder charges for Padge-Victoria Winslowe, known as the "Black Madam," is likely not to start this Monday due to a conflict in the schedule of the defense attorney, prosecutors said today.
But in a letter sent to the court from prison, Winslowe said she is willing to plead guilty and serve the maximum sentence if prosecutors offer a plea agreement on a reduced charge.
"I am firmly stating my willingness to serve the maximum sentence of involuntary manslaughter," Winslowe wrote in a letter to the court. "I do not feel that I am without blame and without guilty in the sad event of death to the late Miss. Claudia Seye Aderotomi of London England." [sic]
A copy of a letter from Winslowe's defense attorney David Rudenstein indicates that the D.A.'s office has offered Winslowe a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison if she pleads guilty to murder. But according to her letter, she is seeking a plea on the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter is 10 years.
Winslowe, 42, is a transgender recording artist who was arrested in February 2012 at a "pumping party" and charged with aggravated assault for giving an illegal silicone butt-injections to willing women at a party. One 23-year-old had to be hospitalized after that party.
In July, Winslowe was arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy for the February 2011 death of Claudia Aderotomi, 20, to whom Winslowe admits giving an illegal silicone injection in her letter to the court.
Aderotomi died 12 hours after receiving a silicone injection to artificially inflate the size of her behind inside a hotel from Winslowe.
Winslowe claims in her letter that she has used silicone to enhance her body for 22 years, in part as a transgender person to give her body a feminine appearance, and that her experience with the injections, which are usually performed by licensed medical practitioners, were always positive.
"The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office would like to promote thought that it was greed, Recklessness and malice that fueled my conduct [sic], however I swear that my aim was noble in nature. I simply really just loved the feeling of feeling that I was helping others feel more beautiful, wonderful and magical about them selves. Just as someone once helped me," Winslowe wrote, calling the trial "my David and Goliath battle."