HIV-positive prisoner sentenced for spitting at inmate
A Wyoming County prison inmate infected with hepatitis C and HIV who spit in the face of another inmate was sentenced to 21 months to 10 years in state prison.
X, 34, of Tunkhannock, was charged with assault by a prisoner in connection with an incident at the Wyoming County Jail on Dec. 16, 2008. She also received a sentence of 180 to 448 days for simple assault, with credit for time served of the full sentence.
In arguing for leniency, attorney Deborah Albert-Heise told the judge that X’s prior record was mostly minor offenses.
HIV-positive prisoner charged with assault for spitting at another inmate
TUNKHANNOCK — A Wyoming County inmate infected with hepatitis C and HIV was charged Friday with several counts of assault for spitting on another inmate last month.
X, 34, is charged with aggravated assault, assault by prisoner, aggravated harassment by prisoner, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.
Awaiting sentencing on Wednesday for a simple assault, X was being held at the county jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. The sentencing was postponed after X spit in the face of another inmate on Dec. 16.
According to the criminal complaint, jail Warden Mickey Ameigh contacted borough police on Dec. 16 to report the spitting incident.
The warden told police that X had advised the facility’s nurse she was infected with hepatitis C and HIV. The incident occurred while the inmates were in the gym, according to the criminal complaint.
An analysis of X’s blood on Dec. 24 tested positive for HIV and hepatitis C.
The other inmate, who is no longer incarcerated, told police Tuesday that X spit in her face.
X denied spitting in the woman’s face, according to the criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint alleges X put the other woman in serious bodily injury under “circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
The charges were filed Friday in the office of Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith.
X faces a possible maximum sentence of up to 20 years in state prison, Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick said.