HIV Prisoner Gets 15 Years for Biting Cop

Johnson Jamerson tried to use his disease to escape jail

Johnson Jamerson tried to bust out of jail the best way he knew how - by using his potentially deadly disease as a weapon. It ended up landing him more time in prison.

Jamerson, who is HIV-positive, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for biting a Miami cop during a failed jail escape last year. The 35-year-old bit Officer Matthew Hall on the leg but Jamerson's saliva did not infect the officer.

He was officially found guilty of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, but originally faced attempted murder charges.

The schizophrenic Jamerson was originally arrested for trespassing, a simple misdemeanor, in 2008 and was headed to the county lock up on a jail bus when he broke free from his handcuffs. Hall who was assigned to the bus, wrestled the escaping prisoner to the ground when Jamerson threatened to bite him and give him HIV.

"For three months afterward, I had to take a cocktail of medication three times a day, causing diarrhea, vomiting, nausea -- everything you can think of,'' Hall told the Miami Herald after the sentencing.

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