Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for knowingly infecting many women with HIVBy Mason White 10:46 AM December 29, 2014
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) An army veteran was surprised when a judge gave him a long prison sentence for infecting people with HIV.
Tony Paulino, 57, of Florida, was accused of deliberately infecting several women with HIV.
During the trial, Paulino showed no remorse.
Paulino is accused of infecting at least four women with HIV. Victims told the court that when they confronted him, Paulino laughed in their faces.
Two of the victims spoke in court about the pain they are going through because of Paulino’s actions. The women cried as the judge sentence Paulino to 25 years in prison. They now have closure, but they will have to continue living with the disease.
Paulino began infecting women back in 2008, when he learned he had HIV. He continued having sex with women and knowingly infecting them.
Two victims explained how Paulino ruined their lives forever. All victims of Paulino, must take about 15 pills a day for the rest of their lives. Their medical bills exceed $2,000 per month.
Before sentencing, prosecutors asked for a 30-year prison sentence, which is the maximum allowed under the law. The judge then asked Paulino, an army veteran, what he thought he deserved. Paulino suggested some time at the VA hospital.
The judge gave Paulino an opportunity to address his victims. He never apologized and did not seem remorseful.
Most women were infected between 2008 and 2010. Since then, Paulino met another woman, who is now his wife. Together they have a one-year-old child.
Judge Bruce Kyle sentenced Paulino to 25 years in prison followed by 5 years of state probation.