Gates woman sentenced to 6 months in jail on assault charge

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Kenshara Robinson was found guilty by a jury of second-degree assault, grand larceny and petit larceny. (Photo: Gates PD)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Gates woman convicted of fighting and biting a police officer, then claiming she was infected with HIV, was sentenced Monday morning.

Kenshara Robinson, 30, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. She was convicted in February in a bench trial of second-degree assault, grand larceny and petit larceny.

The Gates Police investigator said Robinson became physically combative when he tried to arrest her. After she was placed in a holding cell, officers tried to handcuff her to a section inside the cell to calm her down. That's when Robinson bit the officers.

Robinson then yelled she was infected with HIV and hoped the investigator would get infected.

Defense attorney Matthew Nafus said Robinson is sorry for her actions.

"I know she's very remorseful," Nafus said after the sentencing hearing. "He feels bad about what she did, and I know she's expressed her remorse to the investigator."

The investigator had to go to the hospital and take a series of medicines to flush his system of any diseases.

He said it made him sick for days, causing him to miss work.