Perry Lee, Jr., got 50 years.
A Germantown man is going away to prison for a long time. Perry Eugene Lee, Jr., 22, was sentenced on Wednesday in Frederick County Circuit Court to two consecutive life terms. But Judge William Nicklas suspended all but 50 years to serve in the Division of Corrections.
"Very long time for Mr. Lee. At only 22 years of age, to look at 50 years in the Division of Corrections is a pretty substantial sentence, and well deserved for that matter," says Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith.
Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of 1st-degree sexual offense, and one count of 1st-degree assault. Judge Nicklas handed down two life sentences, but suspended all but 25 years for both counts, making the total 50-years behind bars. In addition, the judge told Lee he would be put on supervised probation for life, and is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. "He's backing up a life sentence, which means he'll serve his 50-years. He'll get out of jail, he'll be on probation. If he messes up on that, the judge could conceivably order him back to jail for the rest of his life," Smith says.
Lee broke into a home in Frederick on December 9th, 2012. He was looking for a man who assaulted him the night before. When he learned he was not there, Lee threatened a woman and her two young children who lived there a 357-magnum handgun. He forced them into a room, and pointed the weapon at one child. He sexually assaulted the female.
Lee fled the home, but was arrested by Frederick Police on an unrelated investigation. Officers recovered the handgun which was fully loaded.
The female victim identified Lee to police, and Lee's DNA profile was linked to the scene, according to authorities.
Smith says none of Lee's actions made any sense, especially after learning that the man he was looking for was not there. "He didn't have to do anything. He could have left, but he didn't. He assaulted her, sexually assaulted her. And for that, he's going to do 50-years in prison," says Smith.