Jury recommends 30-year sentence in St. Charles HIV sex case

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Jurors are recommending a 30-year prison sentence for a man convicted of infecting another man with HIV and endangering four others with the disease while in college in Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Charles County jury deliberated about two hours Friday before recommending the prison term for former Lindenwood University student Michael L. Johnson. Sentencing will be held at a later date.

Johnson was convicted Thursday on one count of recklessly infecting another with HIV, and four counts of recklessly risking infection of another with HIV.

Johnson, a college wrestler, was expelled from the university in St. Charles and has been jailed since his arrest in 2013.

Prosecutors say he knew he was HIV positive but lied to his sexual partners.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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