Indiana man previously convicted of spreading HIV faces new charges

Mocobizscene-  A man, who gained media attention in 2017 for intentionally spreading HIV, is once again in court facing fresh charges.

Isiah Benford, 39, was released from prison in 2023 following his conviction on six counts of battery by bodily waste in 2017. Benford entered into a plea agreement, resulting in a 20-year prison sentence, with 10 years suspended, and credit for time served. According to Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt in 2017, the victims in the case were satisfied with the verdict, as they did not wish to go to trial and wanted to maintain their anonymity.

In October 2023, Benford allegedly violated a protection order, as witnessed by a neighbor of the victim. As a result, Benford is now facing four new felony charges and two new misdemeanor charges.

    • Burglary with a deadly weapon
    • Burglary resulting in bodily injury
    • Intimidation using a deadly weapon
    • Domestic battery committed in the presence of a child under 16 years old
    • Invasion of privacy
    • Criminal mischief

Benford has been in custody at the Vigo County Jail since the incident in October, as indicated by the jail logs. According to court records, Benford is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing regarding the charges mentioned above. Additionally, there will be a probation violation hearing related to the 2017 case.

The court hearing confirmed that the trial date for the new charges is set for April 29. A court representative stated that Benford is currently held on a $75,000 bond, with no option for 10% bail.

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