Release revoked for Bradley Perry

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 4, 2016

Release revoked for Bradley Perry

A P.E.I. man who strangled birds he lured to his window in prison had his statutory release revoked recently.

Bradley Orville Perry is serving a two-year, four-month and 27-day sentence for several offences, including using a firearm to commit theft and possessing an unregistered restricted weapon.

In June, Perry was granted a statutory release under several conditions.

After a review of his case, the Parole Board of Canada revoked that release.

A recent report from the board said Perry's risk to society had changed since his initial release in June.

Perry's criminal history included an incident during which he threatened an intimate partner with a loaded shotgun.

Although it wasn't reported to police, Perry's file also included an assault on a family member that involved Perry hitting their head against a coffee table.

During his most recent statutory release, the board said Perry showed inconsistent behaviour, including resisting mandatory addictions programs.

Perry's behaviour during his statutory release led his case management team to believe his risk was unmanageable.

Despite the board revoking Perry's release, he is still eligible for a further release at some point in the future.

The board said Perry experienced incidents after his return to prison, including luring birds to his window and strangling them with a wire noose he made.

It was similar to earlier reports of Perry torturing and killing small animals.

Perry also faced institutional charges, including getting caught twice for possessing what the board called a "brew."

The board believed Perry had shown little progress in managing his violent tendencies or impulses and he had low motivation to change.

Perry's behaviour shows that without the support and structure of a halfway house he would return to a criminal lifestyle and present an undue risk to society, the board said.

When he is released again, Perry will be under several conditions, including that he not to associate with anyone he knows or believes is involved in criminal activity.

Perry will have to live in a halfway house and refrain from using alcohol or drugs other than those prescribed to him.