A man who killed a former sexual partner because he (erroneously) believed she was HIV-positive and may have infected him was sentenced to 25 years in prison earlier this week.
Now, that's HIV stigma.
Baltimore man pleads guilty to killing woman he believed had HIV
By Melissa Harris
December 8, 2008
A 25-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty today to murdering a woman with whom he had unprotected sex, after someone falsely told him she had HIV.
As part of a plea agreement, Brandon Chambers, of the 1300 block of W. North Ave., will be sentenced in February to 25 years in prison, plus five years probation, for the 2005 fatal shooting of Shanika Pretlow. If Chambers violates probation, a judge could imprison him for life.
"I don't understand why this happened; I truly don't think she deserved this," the victim's mother, Justine McBeth, told Baltimore Circuit Judge John C. Themelis.
Detectives solved the murder last year after genetic material found inside Pretlow's body was matched with a sample in a statewide DNA database of convicted felons. Chambers, who initially denied committing the crime, also bragged to witnesses about killing Pretlow after "finding out" she had "the bug," prosecutors said.