An Oregon man was sentenced to greater than two years in jail for spitting on a police officer and claiming he was contaminated with COVID-19.
Daniel Ray Stubblefield, 36, pleaded responsible to aggravated harassment and menacing within the March 23 incident, The Bulletin reported.
Police in Bend, Ore., had been responding to a report that Stubblefield was intoxicated and assaulting somebody.
Although that particular person determined to not press prices, officers took Stubblefield into custody on two arrest warrants involving completely different instances.
Then, cops mentioned, Stubblefield instructed an officer he’d examined constructive for coronavirus — earlier than coughing loudly and spitting on his face 4 occasions.
The cop later examined damaging for the virus.
Stubblefield’s attorneys mentioned he’s lengthy struggled with psychological well being and alcohol points.
He’s had 28 prior legal convictions. As a part of his plea deal, three different pending instances towards him had been dismissed.
At his sentencing in Deschutes County Circuit Courtroom on Thursday, Stubblefield mentioned he was embarrassed by his a number of run-ins with the legislation.
“More often than not, I can’t even keep in mind this stuff once I’m instructed what I’ve accomplished,” he instructed Decide Alison Emerson.
“I simply get up in jail. I’ve been attempting very laborious to beat this dependancy. I’m sorry to all that I’ve harm.”
The decide wished him good luck behind bars.
”Hopefully there will probably be some adjustments that come about, as a result of I feel there may be redemption on the opposite aspect,” she mentioned.