Woman is guilty of shooting husband she blames for AIDS


A woman charged with shooting her Army sergeant husband after he allegedly infected her with the AIDS virus, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to attempted manslaughter.

Under a plea agreement introduced in court Tuesday, Deborah Ann Callahan, 35, of Woodbridge, Va., could receive a maximum of three years in prison followed by one year of supervised probation. She also could be fined $250,000 and required to pay restitution to the victim. Sentencing is set for Jan. 19.

According to court records, Deborah Ann Callahan drove from her home in Virginia to Fort Meade early in the morning of June 15, and confronted her husband, Sgt. Timothy Callahan, in a parking lot. The two began to argue about finances and their relationship. The fight escalated when Sgt. Callahan removed a rear view mirror from inside his car and threatened his wife with it. She responded by spraying her husband with tear gas.

Court records say the woman then pulled out a gun and screamed at her husband, "You gave me AIDS." She then shot him twice. A struggle ensued, and Sgt. Callahan was shot twice more.

Deborah Ann Callahan then drove away slowly and soon was picked up by military police.

Sgt. Callahan survived wounds to the shoulders and the abdomen, and required a long hospitalization.

According to the plea agreement, signed by Deborah Ann Callahan and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew White, she was suffering from battered wife syndrome when she shot her husband. Court records showed that Sgt. Callahan had "abused her physically, mentally and sexually as well as transmitting the AIDS virus to her."

She remains in home detention in Alexandria, Va., pending sentencing.

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