homeless man who spit on a police officer in Dallas was
sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for harassing a
public servant with a deadly weapon.
spit in the mouth and eye of the police officer, before
telling him that he is HIV-positive. Because of the deadly
weapon finding, Campbell will not be eligible for
parole until 17 years into his sentence, according to TheNew York Times.
found unconscious on the street in 2006. He fought with
paramedics and police who arrested him for public
intoxication. None of the officers Campbell fought
contracted the virus.
During the trial,
prosecutors said that Campbell has
been HIV-positive since 1994. His attorney Russell
Henrichs said that Campbell did not resist arrest or
spit on the police officer. Campbell's sentence was
increased from 25 years because he was previously
convicted of attacking two other police officers, biting two
inmates, and other offenses. (The Advocate)