MICHAEL L. JOHNSON INFECTED OVER 30 WITH HIV
July 29, 2015,
BLACKNEWS.COM - NATIONWIDE:
23-year old Michael L. Johnson has been sentenced to serve three decades in prison for intentionally infecting other men with the HIV virus. He reportedly concealed his HIV-positive status from several men that he had unprotected sex with back in 2013. Johnson, who was a college wrestler at Linden University in Saint Charles, Missouri was headed for a very successful career, but that dream was shattered. Because of the allegations, he was expelled from the university and has remained in prison since his arrest in October 2013.
What hurt his case the most, however, was during the initial trial, when the defense for Johnson claimed that he did not know he was HIV-positive. The prosecutor, however, presented solid evidence showing otherwise. Judge Jon Cunningham, who proceeded over the case, told Johnson that he committed “very severe” crimes. “The main thing is the profound effect your actions have had on the victims and their families,” he said. One victim also spoke out saying, “He will infect people for his own sick purposes. He has lost the privilege to be free.”