Jailed HIV-Positive Wrestler Pens Heartbreaking Letter From Solitary Confinement

Jailed HIV-Positive Wrestler Pens Heartbreaking Letter From Solitary Confinement


Michael Johnson, a.k.a. “Tiger Mandingo,” the former college wrestler sentenced to 30 years in prison for “recklessly infecting” multiple partners with HIV, has penned a heartbreaking letter from solitary confinement.

Though the black, gay, 24-year-old had an attorney seemingly unfit to defend him, and a jury pool stacked with white, HIV negative heterosexuals who thought being gay was a sin, he was still sentenced to 30 years in prison and will be forced to register as a sex offender upon release.

Blogger Michael Petrelis has been in contact with Johnson, and just shared the second letter Johnson has sent from solitary confinement:

august-letter-2016-two-670x377[1]How are you doing? I’m good, still in segregation. I still don’t know for how long yet but it might be a year. I hope not! I like reading magazines you know any good subscription with stars in them? I have fun looking at picture of them in the magazines and reading up on their daily life. I have a cell in the hole I can’t stand at all. I can’t wait to move out and get a better one hope some one nice to look at that’s pretty.

During Johnson’s trial, friends and relatives described him as “barely literate” and “naive” about HIV transmission.

Petrelis calls the case “grave miscarriage of justice,” and he’s in active contact with Johnson and his support network. He’s also attempting to have him moved into the general prison population and ensuring that the magazine subscriptions he’s paid for get to Johnson in prison.

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  1. He did knowingly infect someone else with HIV. I don’t care how many HIV negative heterosexuals there were in that jury or how incompetent his lawyer were. He broke the law and infected other people with a deadly incurable disease. Some is gonna say you can live along time with HIV before it becomes AIDS but in the end it is a death sentence. And it is his fault and his fault alone. That law says you have an obligation to inform sexual partners about your HIV positive status. The law is clear and gay or straight this is an unforgiveable thing to do. Though 30 years is very long time. I would say maybe 15 or 20 and he should cover the medical expenses of the people who he infected for the rest of their lives.