May 28, 2002
Lindenbaum was originally charged with assault, but Clifford said that knowingly infecting someone with a fatal disease does not rise to the level of an assault charge as the law is currently written. He said District Attorney Thomas Spota has asked the legislature to change that. "The district attorney would like to see a statute that would establish penalties commensurate with a violent felony," Clifford said.
His ex-wife, who has a civil suit pending against him, said she was disappointed he won't serve time in jail, but was otherwise satisfied with the deal. She credited Assistant District Attorney Ming Liu Parson with getting Lindenbaum to admit his actions. Though the woman said her health is relatively good now, it has been a struggle to keep the infection in check. She said she married Lindenbaum in 1996, two years after they met, and began to get sick shortly afterward. The following year, she found out he was HIV-positive. Until he pleaded guilty, she said Lindenbaum never told her the truth about his condition.