FORMER BOISE STATE BASKETBALL PLAYER MAY FACE LIFE IN PRISON FOR KNOWINGLY TRANSMITTING THE HIV VIRUS

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KERRY THOMAS

Former Boise State University basketball player Kerry Thomas was the first person in Idaho ever convicted of knowingly spreading the HIV-AIDS virus. Now, he is wanted by police again for the same crime. Thomas has been indicted on seven counts of knowingly transmitting the HIV virus.

In 1990, Thomas was charged by police after they found he knowingly transmitted the HIV virus through unprotected sex. Thomas pled guilty to a reduced charge of statutory rape. He was released from prison after serving three years.

In 1996, Thomas was arrested again and convicted of “knowingly transmitting the AIDS virus.” Police said Thomas was “notorious” for intentionally having sexual relations and not revealing he was infected with the HIV virus.┬áThomas was sentenced to a minimum seven years in state prison and eventually released on probation.

Now a registered sex offender, Thomas is being sought by Boise police AGAIN for the same crime. A grand jury handed down an indictment of seven counts of knowingly transmitting the HIV virus against Thomas who now faces the possibility of life in prison as a “persistent violator.”

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