A plea agreement is signed and submitted today in the case of Isiah Benford. He’s the man accused of knowingly spreading HIV.
Jury selection was scheduled for a 2014 robbery case for Benford, but today jurors were released.
The plea agreement would combine Benford’s six counts of battery by body waste, or spreading HIV, and a robbery charge. Benford would serve 20-years in prison and 10-years on probation.
Five of his additional charges related to theft, battery and intimidation would be dismissed with the plea. The Vigo County Prosecutor says the plea would eliminate multiple trials with HIV victims.
“The strong statement we heard from the victims that were involved: We want to see him receive a lengthy prison sentence and we want to remain anonymous if possible, so we don’t want to go to trial if we can avoid it, but we do want to see him get a lenghty prison sentence, so I think by this plea, we were able to accomplish that,” Terry Modesitt said.
Judge michael Lewis has until March to accept or reject the plea.