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AIDS Carrier Who Faced Attempted Murder Charge For Spitting Draws Probation

January 26, 1987

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.

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