COOPERSTOWN – Kevin Perry, 24, convicted of killing his parents in Laurens last December, will soon be en route to a maximum-security prison for at least 21.875 years.
As agreed upon when he pleaded guilty in September, Perry was sentenced today in Otsego County Court to 25 year to life on each of two counts of second-degree murder, according to county District Attorney John Muehl.
If, as he was originally charged, he had been found guilty of first-degree murder, he would have had to serve two life terms without parole, Muehl said. Instead, he could be considered for parole after he serves 7/8th of his concurrent 25-year terms, which would make him 46.
LAURENS – Kevin Perry, 23, arrested for shooting his parents Timothy and Solveig in their home in Laurens a week before Christmas, Friday pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, according to reports.
Perry was arrested after crashing his father’s stolen truck in Schoharie. His sister Rebecca had discovered their parent’s bodies earlier that evening and notified Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputies that the truck had been stolen.
During his arraignment on Dec. 18, Rebecca told the judge that Perry had been intoxicated and agitated earlier that day. She left that evening to visit a friend, and upon returning, she found her father’s body in the kitchen.
ONEONTA – Otsego County’s first slaying of 2017 – on New Year’s morning – happened in an Oneonta apartment with a surveillance camera in every room.
The cameras helped put suspect Joshua Underwood, 25, in the victim’s room, and help convict the man, said District Attorney John Muehl.
Underwood was convicted Friday, March 30, to 20 years in jail.
“Witnesses said they got into a fight about Joshua Underwood having a girlfriend,” said Muehl. “Morrison went to bed, and on video, we have Underwood checking on Morrison. Shortly after that, the video went out, and that’s about the approximate time Morrison was killed.”
Officials say around 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2017, Underwood called 911 and reported that he had killed his boyfriend, 52-year-old Mark Morrison of Oneonta. Police found Morrison dead in his Main Street apartment from what was later ruled to be blunt force trauma to the head. Police also alleged that Underwood tried to conceal the crime by stuffing the apartment doorway with newspapers and setting them on fire.
Though originally scheduled to be sentenced in mid-December, Underwood tried to withdraw his guilty plea for first-degree manslaughter, claiming he was coerced by the public defender’s assistant assigned to the case.
ONEONTA – Arguing on behalf of his client, Kevin Perry, defense attorney Andrew Puritz told Town Justice Sean Farrell that Perry, accused of the murders of his parents, Timothy A. Perry, 59, and Solveig E. Perry, 52, on Tuesday, Dec, 12, should be released on his own recognizance.
“The evidence tying him to the crime is thin, circumstantial evidence,” he said during the 75-minute felony hearing in Oneonta Town Court this morning. “No one saw him in possession of the gun relative to the time of death. We were told by hearsay that he was found in the red Chevy Colorado, but no witness testified that he was operating it. And even if we take it as evidence that he was driving, there is no evidence presented here that he fired the fatal shot.”
“What?” came a reaction from the audience of family and friends of the deceased.
TOWN OF MIDDLEFIELD – The sister of Kevin A. Perry came home on the evening of Tuesday Dec. 12 to find both of her parents dead on the floor of their Laurens trailer home, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. reported at a press conference this afternoon at the county jail.
Both were killed by gunshots, and Kevin Perry, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his parents, Timothy A. Perry, 59, and Solveige E. Perry, 52.
ONEONTA – A 23-year-old man in is custody, charged with the slaying of his parents at the home they shared in Laurens.
Kevin Perry, 23, allegedly shot his parents, Tim and Solveige Perry, last night at their home at 400 New Road in Laurens. Following a 911 call from a relative who allegedly found the two deceased in the home, the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department dispatched deputies to the scene.
A “Be On The Lookout” order was issued by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, and Schoharie County sheriff’s deputies spotted the son’s truck, a Red Chevy Colorado, headed eastbound on I-88, and, following a high-speed chase, Perry’s vehicle overturned at Exit 23 and he was apprehended.