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Man convicted of spreading HIV sentenced to 18 years in prison
A Windsor Ontario man convicted of knowingly spreading the virus that causes AIDS was handed an 18-year prison sentence Friday after a judge declined to declare him a dangerous offender.
Carl Leone pleaded guilty last year to 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault after failing to inform his sexual partners of his HIV status. Five of the 15 are now HIV-positive.
On Friday, Superior Court Justice Joseph Quinn handed Leone 15 consecutive sentences totalling 49 years _ a number Quinn reduced to 18 years to better reflect sentencing guidelines laid out in the Criminal Code.
In passing sentence, Quinn said Leone committed a ``despicable and selfish crime for five to 10 minutes of sexual gratification.''
Leone, 32, will have to surrender a DNA sample, and his name will be added to Ontario's sex offender registry.
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