Editor, The Daily Clarion
PRINCETON—Jason S. Perry was sentenced Monday to two concurrent 30-year sentences on federal weapons charges in U.S. Southern District Court in Evansville.
But new sentence doesn’t mean more jail time. The sentence will be served concurrently with the 70-year prison sentence ordered when he pled guilty to murder in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Jesica Tice in Princeton. Deputy U.S. Attorney Barry Glickman said Tice’s family and friends attended Monday’s hearing, conducted by Chief Judge Richard L. Young.
Perry was indicted in November 2013 by a federal grand jury for unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and pled guilty on Dec. 9, 2015.
The federal charges say Perry unlawfully possessed a 12-gauge shotgun on the day he shot Tice because he has prior felony convictions for theft, battery and burglary.
Perry, admitted in May, 2014, to shooting Tice in the parking lot of the Princeton Los Aztecas restaurant May 22, 2013, averting a jury trial in that case.
Posey Circuit Judge James Redwine accepted and sentenced Perry to the terms of the plea deal, which included a 55-year sentence for one count of murder, plus a 30-year habitual criminal enhancement, served consecutively. According to the plea deal, the last 15 years of the prison time are suspended to probation. Day-for-day for “good time” credit could reduce the prison time by half. His earliest release date would be May 20, 2048, according to the Indiana Dept. of Corrections.
In exchange for the guilty plea to those two charges, a count of use of a firearm resulting in death that was also filed as an enhancement to the murder charge was dismissed. Gibson County Prosecutor Rob Krieg originally filed the enhancement charges to seek life without parole if a jury had convicted Perry, but the plea agreement removes the life without parole penalty.
Judge Redwine heard the murder case after Gibson Circuit Judge Jeffrey Meade recused himself. Meade was a deputy prosecutor when Perry was convicted of one of the prior felonies cited in Krieg’s enhancement charge.
The murder case was heard in Mt. Vernon on a change of venue.