State Attorney arguing to get man accused of knowingly spreading HIV time in state prison

    MUGSHOT: Rasheem Bodiford. (ECSO)

    A Pensacola man, accused of not sharing his HIV positive status, has entered a plea of no contest to three counts of communicating HIV to another person.

    The release from the State Attorney's Office say each of those counts Rasheem Bodiford is facing are punishable by up to five years of incarceration.

    Under the current sentencing guidelines, Bodiford does not score sufficient points to warrant incarceration in state prison, the release says.

    The release does state however, under current case law, a sentence of incarceration in prison can be imposed if a jury makes specific findings regarding the offense and Bodiford.

    The jury must make a finding that a non-state prison sanction would present danger to the public.

    A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 8th.

    The Office of State Attorney intends to present the appropriate evidence to the jury and argue for findings that will justify an upward departure and incarceration in state prison.

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