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May 17, 2014

Perry will serve 17 years behind bars

Perry plotted to kidnap teen, kill her family

Somerset — A Somerset man who in March pleaded guilty to charges connected with a bizarre plot to take a 16-year-old girl from her home and kill her family was sentenced this week to 10 years behind bars for that crime.

Steven Matthew Perry, 20, of North Ky. 1247, Somerset, appeared in Pulaski Circuit Court before Judge David A. Tapp Friday. Perry, who was already serving a seven-year theft and burglary sentence — a result of a revoked probation due to his most recent charges — saw his charges amended to new felonies after all parties involved agreed on the change.

Perry had pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation to kidnapping in connection with the September 2013 incident. On Friday, that charge was amended to facilitation to kidnapping and first-degree solicitation to assault.

 Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney David L. Dalton, who is prosecuting the case, said the amended charges “ ... accurately reflected Perry's conduct but also stopped previously unforeseen consequences of Perry's plea from occurring.

“ ... Although neither party had requested it, Perry's previous plea of guilty would have resulted in Perry going on the sex offender registry although none of the alleged conduct involved sexual assault,” Dalton said.

Perry was initially indicted in October 2013 by a Pulaski County grand jury on one count of attempted kidnapping, three counts of attempted murder, one count of solicitation to commit kidnapping, one count of solicitation to commit murder, and six counts of being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment alleged that Perry planned to kill three different victims through his plan to “rescue” a  16-year-old girl from her home. Investigators said the plan included details on killing the 16-year-old’s parents and her sister.

The investigation was sparked by a friend of Perry’s, who alerted police to the plot after Perry allegedly approached him and asked for help in carrying out the plan.

Detectives examined documents and found “a list of steps the suspect would take as well as a list of items needed to carry out the plan,” according to Lt. Det. Brett Whitaker, with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The documents included print-outs of the 16-year-old victim’s home from Google Maps, a written diagram of the victim’s residence and street, and photos of the victim and her family members. Writings were also found that suggested Perry would kill the girl’s family and pets.

Tapp on Friday handed down the recommended 10-year prison sentence.

That sentence will run consecutively to the seven-year theft and burglary sentence for a total of 17 years in prison for Perry.

Heather Tomlinson is a staff writer at the Commonwealth Journal. She can be reached at

 htomlinson@

somerset-kentucky.com.

 

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