David Perry, the only suspect in the disappearance and probable murder of St. Pete Police Cadet Kelly Rothwell in March 2011 will face a Broome County, New York judge today. Perry will learn his sentence, not in Kelly's murder, but on his conviction on grand larceny and fraud charges related to an alleged Work-Comp related injury from 2003. He was convicted after a second trial in September of this year and has been awaiting sentencing for those offenses.
Perry is also waiting on a Appeal and Memorandum of Law, filed by Steuben County DA Brooks Baker after Baker brought similar charges of grand larceny and fraud charges against Perry in Steuben County, where the funds for the Work Comp payments originated. Perry's house was raided and over $128,000 in small bills was found hidden in his home.In a stunning and strange turn, Judge Joseph Latham ruled that the seizure of Perry's assets be reversed. But in light of the Broome County conviction on the identical Steuben County charges, one would hope that the judge would see that Perry has been found guilty of those charges and will let the case be heard.
According to Steuben County DA Baker, the appeal of the seizure of assets is due to be heard soon, but he had no concrete date on that hearing.
Lets hope this is a day of reckoning; if David Perry sits in jail long enough and has a long enough sentence, then maybe he'll start talking about what he did to Kelly Rothwell. Maybe he'll finally tell someone where he put her body. Maybe....
Meanwhile Kelly Rothwell has been missing for almost three years. It's time to bring her home.
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