Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Featured Product Categories

Most Popular Articles

Arrests & Sentencing Article


Print Comment RSS Bookmark


NY court: HIV-infected inmate's saliva not a weapon

The inmate is serving a 10-year sentence at Sing Sing after pleading guilty to assault and aggravated assault on an officer

The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's top court says the saliva of an HIV-infected man who bit a police officer doesn't constitute a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument under state law.

In dismissing the aggravated assault conviction of David Plunkett, the Court of Appeals is sending the case back to a lower court for resentencing.

The 48-year-old Plunkett is serving a 10-year sentence at Sing Sing after pleading guilty to assault and aggravated assault on an officer. He had punched the officer and bit his finger in 2006 at a medical clinic in the Mohawk Valley village of Illion.

The court says saliva should be treated the same as teeth, which it concluded previously don't qualify as dangerous instruments.

Federal health officials say HIV transmissions from bites are "very rare."

Associated PressCopyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 



CorrectionsOne comments can only be accessed by verified correctional officers.
Please sign in or register to view or write your own comments below.
Most Commented Articles
1. 25 awesome correctional officer tattoosCorrections Article Comments7
2. Justice Kennedy: US prison system 'broken' Corrections Article Comments6
3. Why correctional turnover is so highCorrections Article Comments5
4. 10 more things that follow you off dutyCorrections Article Comments5
5. Mexican inmate kills family during prison visitCorrections Article Comments4
6. Tenn. correctional officer says PTSD treated as jokeCorrections Article Comments4
7. Lawyer: 2 Nevada inmates handcuffed when CO shot them Corrections Article Comments4
8. 5 rules for a retired correctional officerCorrections Article Comments3
9. Truck driver honored for saving correctional officer from inmateCorrections Article Comments3
10. Ohio stops testing drones at local prison sitesCorrections Article Comments3

Back to previous page