December 18, 2014

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Man who infected women with HIV gets five years

ELYRIA — The Vermilion man who infected three women with HIV was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.

Shullick

Brandon Shullick, who pleaded guilty to felonious assault charges last year, apologized during the hearing before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski handed down the sentence.

“My actions are inexcusable,” Shullick said. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hate myself and regret the reckless choices (I made).”

Two of the three victims were in the courtroom Monday. The third victim died of an unrelated drug overdose, according to Dave Nehr, Shullick’s lawyer.

Nehr said his client was genuinely remorseful and his actions will haunt him.

“This stigma is going to be with him essentially for the rest of his life,” he said.

According to Vermilion police, Shullick, 27, had sexual contact with two of the women in February of last year and the third woman in October 2010. He also had engaged in sexual relations with several other women who reported their encounters with him after learning he was HIV-positive. Tests on the other women came back negative for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Shullick was arrested last March after returning to Ohio from West Virginia, where police said he fled after learning he was under investigation.

Police and prosecutors have said that Shullick knew he was infected with the immune system deficiency virus, but engaged in sexual relations with women anyway.

Nehr said that Shullick was a heroin addict who routinely shared needles and had sex with fellow junkies, often trading sex for drugs.

He said his client has been undergoing drug treatment during the time he has been housed at the Lorain County Jail awaiting trial.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.