Washtenaw County Judge Darlene O'Brien departed from sentencing guidelines when on Friday she sentenced Tyrone Pugh to serve at least 32 months in prison for giving a Washtenaw County woman the HIV virus."It is nothing short of reckless behavior," O'Brien said. You have to be honest with people." O'Brien sentenced Pugh to 32 months to four years in prison on one count of AIDS – sexual penetration with an uninformed partner, which is a maximum four-year felony.A first-time offender's sentence is generally much lighter. Samuel Holtz requested that the judge depart from the guidelines when Pugh was sentenced Friday.
The 24-year-old Washtenaw County woman, who lived in both Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, and two other women testified that Pugh had sex with them without telling the women he was HIV positive.
Two out of the three women are now HIV positive and have to take medications for the rest of their lives and hope it doesn't turn into full-blown AIDS.
One woman said family and friends have shunned her since the diagnosis.
Pugh told authorities he found out he was infected with HIV when he was 24 years old.
He subsequently got married and his wife contracted the virus, according to court proceedings.