An HIV-positive Northern Californian man has accepted a plea bargain 'deal' where he pleas no contest to a succession of serious charges, which could lead to 42 years in jail. In return, prosecutors have dropped the 'special AIDS enhancement' to the charges which would have added another three years to the sentence.
Edward Hosmun could receive up to 42 years in prison when he is sentenced in March.
Hosmun pleaded no contest to engaging in sex with an "incompetent" minor, two counts of committing a lewd act with a child and a separate felony charge of inducing a child to engage in a lewd act.
He also admitted to a "multiple victim" enhancement that makes a prison sentence in the case mandatory, and a second special allegation of providing a controlled substance to both victims.In return for his pleas, prosecutors dropped an enhancement alleging Hosmun was aware he carried the AIDS virus when he committed the molestations.
Deputy district attorney Kelly Maloy said surprisingly, the special AIDS enhancement would only have increased the man's sentence by three years.