A Criminal Court jury convicted Christopher Talley of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and theft of property under $500. He faces up to 30 years in prison as a career criminal when he is sentenced March 2 by Judge Glenn Wright.
The incident occurred on Aug. 10, 2014, when a loss prevention officer at T.J.Maxx on Park Avenue caught Talley, 53, trying to steal a half dozen Michael Kors purses. As the officer tried to apprehend him, Talley threw up and shouted at the officer, “I have AIDS. I’m going to give you AIDS.”
When the officer finally got the defendant to the loss prevention office, Talley attacked the officer and wrapped a wire cable around his neck until he lost consciousness. A video of the incident shows the officer’s face turn purple and the officer appeared to be unconscious for several minutes.
Talley escaped, but a tip to Crime Stoppers led to his arrest 11 days later.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Gavin Smith.