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Man Convicted In Case Alleging Spread Of Aids Virus

Fri., Sept. 27, 1996

A Camas man suspected of passing the AIDS virus to dozens of people was convicted Thursday of one count of second-degree assault for intentionally infecting a 28-year-old woman.

Randall Ferguson, 37, showed no emotion as the Clark County Superior Court jury returned its verdict.

Prosecutors said they will seek an exceptionally long sentence of up to 10 years.

Police and prosecutors said Ferguson intentionally spread HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to dozens of people in the early 1990s.

At least five people - including two of Ferguson’s former wives - died from AIDS-related illnesses after having unprotected sex or sharing contaminated needles with Ferguson, authorities said.

Ferguson was charged in only one case - a woman who became infected in 1994 - because of a three-year statute of limitations on any assault charges.

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