A man from Pensacola is waiting to be sentenced after pleading no contest to knowingly infecting others with the H.I.V virus. The State Attorney of the First Judicial Circuit of Florida issued the following release today:
On February 18, 2019, Rasheem Ikey Bodiford entered a plea of No Contest to three counts of Communicating HIV to another. Each of those counts are 3rd Degree Felonies punishable by up to 5 years incarceration. Under the current sentencing guidelines, the Defendant does not score sufficient points to warrant incarceration in state prison.
However, under current case law, a sentence of incarceration in prison can be imposed if a jury makes specific findings regarding the offense and the Defendant. The jury must make a finding that a non-state prison sanction would present a danger to the public.
A Sentencing Hearing is scheduled to begin on April 8, 2019 with the selection of a jury with the Honorable Judge Gary Bergosh presiding. The Office of State Attorney intends to present the appropriate evidence to the jury and argue for findings that will justify an upward departure and incarceration in state prison.
The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attornies Monica Daniels and Diane Stefani prosecuted the cas