Man sent to prison for not telling lover about AIDS

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) __A Galesburg man infected with the AIDS virus has been sentenced to at least four years in prison for failing to tell his lover about his disease.

``I am very sorry,'' David Craig Brown, 35, told his ex-girlfriend, who is being tested for the virus, before he was sentenced Monday. ``Consider my actions cowardly and not manly. Being forgiven is not something I look forward (to) from

Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Richard Ryan Lamb went beyond the minimum sentence for the offense, ordering Brown to spend four to six years in prison, for each of two counts of failing to disclose his AIDS status to his sexual

Each count carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine. The sentences are to be served concurrently. Brown was sentenced as a second-time offender; his prior convictions include an armed robbery in

The judge told Brown that his actions reflected a deliberate disregard for others. ``He is aware of the potential consequences of the disease and apparently feels that certain people are 'disposable' in order to gratify his own needs,'' Lamb

From November until Feb. 19, Brown and his then-girlfriend had a sexual relationship, having sex up to five times each week, according to court testimony. Brown was diagnosed as being HIV-positive in 1988, according to a letter he wrote the

``Mr. Brown is not the only one being sentenced today . . . I'm being sentenced,'' the 38-year-old woman, whom the newspaper did not identify, told the court. ``He's totally devastated my life. ``In my opinion, this is cold-blooded,

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