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Local minister sentenced after HIV scandal

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -

An Atlanta area minister was sentenced to ten years in prison by a Clayton County judge on Friday.

Craig Davis had denied everything: the sex outside his marriage and even his positive HIV status -- until now.

However, this week, a Clayton County jury convicted him on two counts of Reckless HIV, which is a felony.  In his sentence hearing, one of the church women who says she had sex with Davis told the judge that she's "the one serving a life sentence."

In the hearing, the prosecutor painted Davis as "unrepentant" and when it comes to unprotected sex, unstoppable. But the hearing took a turn right before the sentence was handed down -- Davis took the stand in a last minute plea for mercy.

The pastor confessed that he was HIV and that he had engaged in unprotected sex without telling the women of his status. He also confessed that he believed his actions were "wrong."

Davis was sentenced to ten years in prison and ten years on probation. If he commits another crime or contacts the victims, authorities were append an addition ten years to his sentence. 

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