AIDS Carrier Who Faced Attempted Murder Charge For Spitting Draws Probation
FLINT, Mich. (AP) _ A man infected with the AIDS virus who was charged with attempted murder for allegedly spitting at police received two years probation Monday on a reduced charge.
John C. Richards, 28, of Davison, pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to resisting and obstructing a police officer after a judge threw out the original charge.
Genesee Circuit Judge Judith Fullerton said a pre-sentencing report indicated Richards had ″turned his life around.″
A spokeswoman for Fullerton said Richards was working at a Flint-area General Motors Corp. plant and making progress in a substance abuse program.
County Prosecutor Robert Weiss charged Richards with attempted murder after Richards allegedly spit on Flint police officers investigating a traffic accident on Dec. 6, 1985.
That charge was thrown out after many experts disputed the contention that AIDS could be spread by spitting.