Judge Gives Maximum Sentence to Man for Exposing a Vulnerable Person to HIV

August 12, 2013

“Judge (Lester) Williamson threw the book at this guy, who took advantage of a vulnerable person,” said Attorney General Hood. A Meridian man has been sentenced for intentionally and illegally exposing a vulnerable adult to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), announced General Hood today.

Circuit Judge Lester Williamson on August 9 sentenced Laderrick Rencher, 37, to serve 10 years — the maximum sentence allowed for one count of knowingly exposing another person to HIV. Rencher pleaded guilty to the charge on May 20, and was released on bond pending sentencing. On May 21, he was picked up on a strong armed robbery charge and has remained in custody since that time.

The crime was committed on January 25, 2012, when the victim and Rencher were both patients at Alliance Health Center in Meridian. Judge Williamson sentenced Rencher to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  He was also ordered to pay $630 in fines.

This case was investigated by Trey Rogers of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Treasure Tyson and Sue Perry.

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