Man Skips His Own Trial

A Wilimington man has been convicted on sex and weapons charges even though he skipped most of his trial.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported that 39-year-old Brian Keith Perry was convicted Thursday afternoon of statutory rape, taking indecent liberties with a child and possession of a gun by a felon.

The judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Perry had attended jury selection Monday and Tuesday for the start of the trial. But he didn't show up Wednesday and the judge ordered the trial to continue without him.

Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart says Perry faces between 25 years and 41 years in prison for his convictions. She said Perry's lawyer, Brian Wilson, had not heard from Perry and could not contact him on his cell phone.


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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    Gee, I hope he's ok.
  • by bandanaman247 Location: south fla on Dec 12, 2008 at 06:12 AM
    sounds like the same ones who run beaufort county court house....a munch of clowns
  • by T Location: Washington on Dec 12, 2008 at 06:04 AM
    Does anyone understand the word "running"?
  • by here Location: here on Dec 12, 2008 at 05:36 AM
    What a great legal system! You had him and then you let him get away to do it all over again and destroy someone elses life. Again great job!
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