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Tuesday 15 July 2008

US: Georgia prisoner who attempted to bite guards, guilty of reckless conduct

An HIV-positive man found guilty of 'reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person' in the US state of Georgia, for attempting to bite two prison officers whilst in jail, has been found by the judge to be mentally ill and will be sentenced next week.

He was, however, found not guilty of aggravated assault - I'm guessing if the biting had actually occurred, rather than just attempted, then he would have been found guilty, if recent experience is anything to go by.

The full, but not very detailed, story from WALB News, is below.

HIV inmate found guilty but mentally incompetent in trial
Jim Wallace
July 9, 2008

ALBANY, GA - An Albany man, who is HIV positive, is found guilty but mentally incompetent for trying to bite two Dougherty County jailers.

35-year old Edlendco Green was found guilty in a bench trial on charges of reckless conduct by an HIV infected person, and starting a riot in a penal institution.

But Judge Stephen Goss ruled Green is mentally ill.

He was found not guilty of aggravated assault.

Prosecutors say Green tried to bite two jailers November 3, 2006, touching off a riot in the jail.

Green will be sentenced July 24th.

Update: July 25th, from Albany Herald.

ALBANY — An HIV-positive inmate found guilty but mentally ill after biting a jailer was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison Thursday, court officials said.

Edlendco Shandar Green was found guilty during a bench trial by Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss July 7 of reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person and rioting in a penal institution by a mentally ill person after prosecutors say he bit a jailer during a fight at the Dougherty County Jail Nov. 17, 2006.

Goss handed down a 20-year prison term Thursday for the reckless conduct charge and a five-year term for the rioting charge with that term to be served concurrently with the 20-year sentence with credit for time already served in jail, court documents show.

Green was an inmate at the Dougherty County Jail when he got into a fight with Cpl. Chris LeBlanc and bit him on the finger, according to his arrest warrant.

He was originally charged with two counts of reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and rioting in a penal institution; three of the charges were later dismissed, court records show.



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