A Brownsville woman convicted of practicing medicine without a license has been sentenced to 10 years probation and six months in the county jail.
KVEO has been following the case of 48-year-old Nohemi Gabriela Gonzalez who was on trial last week for injecting dozens of patients with fake Botox. Gonzalez must turn herself into the county jail on November 28 to serve her six month sentence.
The court also asked the defendant to pay the victim in this case a restitution of $5,000 today and $5,000 for every year she’s on probation. Several women who claim to be victims of the defendant were at this hearing. They say that the court’s sentence was nothing short of a slap on the wrist.
“I’ve been suffering for three years now as a result of these injections. It’s not fair that she was only given probation and not jail time. I’ve almost died, I lost a baby, I’m constantly in and out of the hospital.” Said a witness who wanted to remain anonymous.
Others say they’ve been fighting to have their voices heard since 2010.
The anonymous witness added “They’re sending a horrible message to the community. That anybody can do this, and that their punishment will be six months in jail. This is a joke, a joke to the people who have suffered from this. And to the entire Valley because there are so many victims.”
During the sentencing hearing the court stripped Gonzalez of her cosmetology license for the remainder of her probation sentence. She was also ordered to pay $20,000 in court fees.
After the hearing, Defense Attorney Rene Flores said his client plans to appeal her 10 year probation sentence.