Atlanta minister gets 20 years for not disclosing HIV before sex
Craig Lamar Davis
Clayton County Superior Court Judge Geronda Carter didn't let a last-minute apology from Craig Lamar Davis sway her decision.
"You are sentenced to 10 years to serve. As for count two, you are sentenced to 10 years consecutive to count one," Carter told Davis.
Davis will spend about 10 years in prison, that is, as long as he doesn't commit another crime or contact Ronita McAfee. If he does, he will have to serve another 10.
"I think it's enough especially with the contingencies the judge placed on it. The judge was fair," said McAfee.
But Davis was not fair to McAfee when he had sex with her and didn't tell her he's HIV positive; for that reason McAfee wanted the judge to send Davis to prison for 20 years.
McAfee asked the judge to throw the book at Davis when she read her victim-impact statement.
"Your honor, please don't put the period behind my HIV-negative status. What Mr. Davis has done to me goes way past my negative-HIV status. All Mr. Davis had to do is disclose his HIV/AIDS status prior to our sexual encounter," said McAfee.
Clayton County deputy chief assistant district attorney Kathryn Powers also asked for the maximum sentence. Another prosecutor read a victim-impact statement from a Fulton County woman who testified during Davis' trial. She told jurors she contracted the deadly virus from him.
"I think the sentence mirrors the defendant's conduct. This is somebody who's been walking around with this diagnosis since 2005 and that's almost 10 years," said Powers. "He's going to spend the next 10 years in prison thinking about what he did."
After Davis' 15-year-old son and two other men asked the judge to go easy on him, Davis took the stand and apologized.
"Bad decision very, very bad decision. I opened the door for a lot of people to be hurt - for different ministries to be called into question that I was a part of," said Davis.
McAfee believes Davis only apologized to save himself.
"I don't think he learned his lesson. If given the opportunity I think he would do it again," said McAfee.
Davis still has a similar case pending in Fulton County.
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