LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A doctor accused of giving his lover the
AIDS virus by injecting her with infected blood got the maximum
penalty - 50 years of hard labor - on Wednesday for attempted
"Certainly the defendant's life is unique among convicted
felons. But in the last analysis the punishment must fit the
crime," Judge Durwood Conque told Dr. Richard Schmidt.
Schmidt was convicted of walking into Janice Allen's darkened
apartment on Aug. 4, 1994 and injecting her with the tainted
blood, which he claimed was a vitamin shot.
Prosecutors said Schmidt injected Mrs. Allen after she told him
their 10-year relationship was over.
Mrs. Allen, a nurse, said she learned she had HIV in January
1995. Schmidt, a 50-year-old gastroenterologist, had been free
on $500,000 bond and an electronic monitor, allowed only to go
his home, clinic and hospital.
Defense attorney Thomas Guilbeau asked the judge to continue
the bond and restrictions while the case is appealed, but
Conque refused and Schmidt was taken to jail.