A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to life in prison plus fifteen years Wednesday for his role in what prosecutors called a violent drug ring that hired arsonists and gunmen to rob and shoot rivals.
Jeffrey D. Perry, 32, was convicted last year in federal court of conspiring to distribute cocaine and “crack” cocaine, carjacking, possessing firearms in furtherance of violence and drug crimes, and of having firearms as a convicted felon.
At the sentencing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick of the Middle District of Louisiana found that Perry “made his living trafficking drugs and that he did whatever it took to protect his drug trafficking enterprise,” according to a news release.
Dick noted “reliable evidence” suggested Perry had hired three people to torch a man’s house, and two of the arsonists died as a result of burns from the fire.
Dick said that Perry made “cold-blooded and callous statements about one of the arsonists as he lay dying in his backyard, seeking medical assistance for the injuries he sustained from the fire Perry had hired him to set,” according to a news release.
Perry’s exact statements were not made public, said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson. They were described in a presentence report, which contains information presented to the judge for consideration at sentencing, but isn’t added to the court record, meaning it’s not available to the public, he said.
Perry also hired another man to rob someone of $80,000, prosecutors said. The altercation resulted in the victim being shot and carjacked, according to the release.
Other men tied to the drug ring, Donald Frank, Jermaine Chapman and Charles Boyer, were previously convicted and sentenced for related drug crimes.