A man convicted of having sex with women and not telling them he's HIV positive was sentenced on Monday.
Hamilton County Judge Jerome Metz sentenced Andre Davis to 32 years behind bars.
Davis, 29, was convicted in November of 14 counts of felonious assault for having sex with 12 different women and not telling them about his HIV status.
Davis read a four page hand written statement in court. In it, talked about his addiction to sex. He claimed that he fell into a deep depression following the revelation of his HIV status, and thus the end of his dream to become a professional wrestler. He told the court he slept with woman after woman, and although he was not honest with them about his HIV status, he claimed he never intended to hurt anyone.
"I am not a monster," he said.
Davis also admitted to the court that he was scared to tell anyone about his HIV status because of "how judgmental and uneducated society is."
He also revealed that prior to sentencing, he thought about taking his own life.
Davis pleaded with the court to give him the minimum sentence, saying he wanted to become a motivational speaker and educate others on the issue of HIV. He faced a maximum of 100 years in prison.
Davis' attorney, Greg Cohen, told the court that the women Davis slept with also bore some responsibility for choosing to have unprotected sex, and insisted his client was sorry for what he had done.
Cohen said Andre has been "vilified by the press" during the trial and that his client can't fix what he has done, but can "pay it forward" by speaking on the issue and making others aware. Cohen also told the court that his client was such a narcissistic person, and suffered from bipolar disorder, but that he never intended to hurt anyone.
Davis' uncle, Milton Winkfield, addressed the court on his nephew's behalf, saying the man he knew was not the same man who had been found guilty of 14 felonies, and that Andre was a loving, caring person who deserved a second chance.
The mother of two of Davis' children told the court that in the seven years she has known Davis, he has changed, and that he is a good person. She asked the court for leniency.
A police detective who interviewed Davis during his arrest told the court that at no point during his talks with police did he appear to be genuinely sorry.
One victim spoke in court, and asked not to be identified. She said she has lost trust in people as a result of her relationship with Davis.
"Because of Andre, my life will never be the same," she said. "If I had known him, and known he was HIV positive, I would have never had a sexual relationship with him. The day I found out he was HIV positive was the scariest day of my life. And not only my life but my family's life as well."
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