ALFRED, Maine - York County District Attorney Kathryn Slattery announced on Thursday that Lee Perry, 47, formerly of North Berwick, was sentenced on June 1 to a prison term of 14 years with all but nine years suspended followed by four years of probation for beating and strangling his girlfriend on Dec. 6, 2014 in North Berwick.
Perry stood trial in York County Superior Court on May 23-May 26.
After hearing the evidence that the defendant beat his victim, spit on her, strangled her, broke her wrist, and cut her with a knife, the jury returned verdicts of guilty as to three counts of aggravated assault, one count of domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, one count of domestic violence assault, one count of domestic violence with a dangerous weapon, and one count of domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. The defendant had been previously convicted of an aggravated assault.
The court sentenced as followed. Count 1: Aggravated Assault - 4 years in jail (concurrent with Count 2.); Count 2: Aggravated Assault - 9 years in jail; Count 3: Aggravated Assault - five years all suspended followed by four years of probation consecutive to Count 2; Count 4: Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon - 3 years concurrent with Count 2; Count 5: Domestic Violence Assault - 270 days concurrent with Count 2. Count 6: Domestic Violence Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon - 3 years concurrent with Count 2; Count 7: Domestic Violence Assault with a Dangerous Weapon- 3 years concurrent with Count 2.