Parole denied for man convicted of injecting woman with HIV
BATON ROUGE - A former Lafayette physician who was convicted 17 years ago for injecting his girlfriend with HIV and Hepatitis C has been denied parole.
The Advertiser reports a three-person panel on Thursday unanimously denied parole for 66-year-old Richard Schmidt.
Schmidt is serving a 50-year sentence for attempted second-degree murder. He could be eligible for good-time release in 2023.
Assistant district attorney Daniel Landry says Schmidt continued to maintain his innocence in front of the parole board.
In a 1998 trial, prosecutors said Schmidt attempted to kill his mistress by injecting HIV- and Hepatitis C-tainted blood into her from two patients, claiming he was giving her a Vitamin B shot. The woman had ended a 10-year affair with Schmidt in 1994 after he refused to leave his wife.
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