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Everett mans third strike, second-degree assault, gets him life in prison

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By Rikki King
Herald Writer
  • Jerry Perkins, 40, of Everett, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday under the state's "three strikes" law. Perkins has b...

    Jerry Perkins, 40, of Everett, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday under the state's "three strikes" law. Perkins has been convicted of more than a dozen felonies and was well known to local law enforcement.

EVERETT -- An Everett man with 16 felony convictions was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in Snohomish County Superior Court.
Jerry A. Perkins, 40, was convicted last month of second-degree assault for a beating that took place in Everett in November.
The conviction made him eligible for life imprisonment under the state's three-strikes law, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow said.
It was the "only appropriate sentence" based on Perkins' extensive criminal history, Darrow said.
Superior Court Judge Larry E. McKeeman accepted the prosecutor's recommendation. McKeeman told Perkins he had 30 days to appeal.
Perkins' court records describe three decades of violent assaults, felony drug convictions and at least two dozen misdemeanors. Most of his crimes took place in the Everett area, but he didn't "strike out" under the persistent offender law until February. That's when the fresh assault conviction gave him a third "most serious offense."
Perkins was well known to local law enforcement, court records show. He had been released from prison in September after serving several years for beating his then-girlfriend in the face with a gun. After his release, Perkins never checked in with corrections officials and a warrant was issued for his arrest one day later.
He was picked up by a local fugitive task force on Nov. 15, about a week after he committed the assault that became his third strike.
Four of Perkins' friends and family members were there Wednesday to support him. Perkins told them he loved them as he was escorted out of the courtroom.
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