Conditions imposed on violent offender’s release to halfway house
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.