Con­di­tions im­posed on vi­o­lent of­fender’s re­lease to half­way house

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A P.E.I. man who has a history of killing an­i­mals and said he would feel no dis­tress killing a per­son was re­cently granted a statu­tory re­lease from prison.

Bradley Orville Perry was serv­ing a two-year, four-month and twenty-seven day sen­tence for sev­eral of­fences, in­clud­ing us­ing a firearm to com­mit theft and pos­sess­ing an un­reg­is­tered re­stricted weapon.

Perry was also con­victed of care­less use of a firearm, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime and fail­ing to com­ply with a con­di­tion of an un­der­tak­ing.

It was his sec­ond sen­tence of more than two years.

In a re­cent re­port, the pa­role board im­posed sev­eral con­di­tions on Perry’s re­lease, in­clud­ing that he live in a half­way house.

The re­port out­lines some of Perry’s crim­i­nal history and file in­for­ma­tion col­lected dur­ing a prior sen­tence.

Some of Perry’s of­fences in­volved the use of weapons, such as knives and a loaded shot­gun, which he used dur­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

Perry’s file showed he killed do­mes­tic an­i­mals, such as pet birds and a for­mer girl­friend’s cat. He also ad­mit­ted to stran­gling pi­geons from his cell win­dow while serv­ing his most re­cent sen­tence.

Perry said he didn’t feel any dis­tress over killing small an­i­mals and wouldn’t if he killed a per­son, although the po­ten­tial of go­ing to prison was a de­ter­rent to killing some­one.

In im­pos­ing the con­di­tions on Perry’s re­lease, the board said past is­sues with his abil­ity to con­trol his emo­tions led to im­pul­sive and vi­o­lent be­hav­iour.

Dur­ing an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a fam­ily mem­ber, Perry hit their head off a cof­fee ta­ble and dur­ing another he used a loaded shot­gun to threaten a girl­friend.

The re­port said that as a youth Perry was a vic­tim of abuse.

He was placed in foster care be­cause of what the re­port called “out of con­trol” be­hav­iour with care­tak­ers de­scrib­ing him as vi­o­lent.

That vi­o­lence in­cluded punch­ing care­tak­ers, the re­port said.

Af­ter re­view­ing in­for­ma­tion in his file, the board said it had jus­ti­fied con­cern there still ex­ists the po­ten­tial for Perry to use vi­o­lent be­hav­iour. He also has a history of drug use, in­clud­ing Per­co­cet, Val­ium, in­tra­venous drugs and mar­i­juana.

Perry has had a neg­a­tive at­ti­tude to­ward law and au­thor­ity since a young age, his rein­te­gra­tion po­ten­tial was as­sessed as be­ing low and his mo­ti­va­tion level was as­sessed as medium, the re­port said.

The po­lice re­viewed Perry’s file and were op­posed to his re­lease given his history of us­ing weapons, his vi­o­lent ten­den­cies and a lack of sup­port.

Along with the res­i­dency con­di­tion, the board also or­dered Perry not to con­sume al­co­hol or drugs and to re­port re­la­tion­ships with fe­males while serv­ing out the re­main­der of his sen­tence in the half­way house.

Perry also has to avoid any con­tact with his vic­tims, their fam­ily mem­bers or any­one in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

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