Inmate with HIV gets up to 8 years for spitting
A transgender, Shawn Shannon “Nicole” Quinnones assaulted, harassed guard.
By Sheena Delazio email@example.com
WILKES-BARRE – A former inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas was sentenced to up to eight years in prison on Tuesday for spitting on a corrections officer.
Shawn Shannon ‘Nicole’ Quinnones, who is transgender and infected with HIV, was sentenced Tuesday to four years and three months to eight years and six months in state prison by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Chester Muroski.
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Shawn Shannon “Nicole” Quinnones, 34, who was found guilty by a Luzerne County jury in September, was sentenced to four years and three months to eight years and six months in state prison by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Chester Muroski.
Quinnones, who is transgender and infected with HIV, was found guilty of assault by a prisoner, aggravated harassment by a prisoner and recklessly endangering another person. Her partner, Anthony Gray, 27, was found guilty of aggravated harassment by a prisoner.
The two were accused of spitting on corrections officer Ralph Laiuvara at SCI-Dallas in October 2006. Prosecutors said the pair, who claim they are lovers, were upset that guards would not put them in cells next to each other.
The trial lasted for four days before the jury rendered a verdict after more than five hours of deliberations.
Then-assistant district attorney Ed Olexa, who is now a public defender, said at trial that the two wanted to run the prison their way.