It is not a happy Thanksgiving, at all, for Andre Davis, the ex-professional wrestler also known as the “Gangsta of Love.” A Hamilton County, Ohio, jury yesterday found Davis, 29, guilty on 14 counts of failing to let 11 former sex partners that he tested positive for HIV and he could be sentenced to decades in prison.
Each of Davis’ 14 felonious assault convictions carries a possible sentence of two to eight years. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 21.
Ohio law requires people who test positive for HIV to disclose their test results to potential sex partners. Failure to disclose a positive HIV test constitutes felonious assault, the law says; it doesn’t matter whether or not a sex partner is actually infected. According to a lawyer for Davis, Ohio and Wisconsin are the only two states with such a statute on the books. No evidence was presented during Davis’s trial to indicate that any of his partners had tested positive.
According to Cincinnati.com, prosecutor Amy Tranter said she’ll be arguing to keep Davis “out of civilized society for as long as possible,” because she’s convinced he would continue to have sex without revealing his HIV-positive status.
“He’s shown no remorse, no responsibility for anything that he’s done,” she said.