Wooster man gets 6 years in prison

WOOSTER -- A Wooster man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison after a series of arrests last summer related to dealing drugs.

Angel Perry, 29, 1699 Old Mansfield Road, Apt. 2, was sentenced on 12 felony counts of a variety of trafficking and possession of drugs, along with having weapons under disability and receiving stolen property. The charges are in two Wayne County Common Pleas Court cases. He was given three years for each of the two cases.

The most serious charges were two counts of having weapons under disability, third-degree felonies.

Perry was required to forfeit all money seized, about $3,000, and two 9mm handguns seized in the incidents.

Because of prior convictions from Summit County, Perry was not permitted to own or carry firearms.

Perry accepted a plea agreement in two cases pending against him that dropped numerous other charges, including kidnapping and abduction charges. Per the plea agreement, Judge Mark K. Wiest could not sentence him to more than the six years.

"When I also have to consider the safety of the community, there's really no option here other than prison," Wiest told Perry, who pleaded for probation.

"I jumped in this lifestyle when I was very young," Perry said, adding he is trying to turn his life around by obtaining a job and working toward a career in culinary arts. "But I'm trying to put this lifestyle behind me. I want to be respected, not feared. I'm not a bad guy."

But Wiest was unmoved as he noted Perry's criminal history dates back to 1999.

The incidents spanned from June to September of last year.

In the first case, Perry was indicted for holding a man against his will at gunpoint in a Vine Street residence on June 25 using a 9mm Hi-Point handgun.

In the second case, Perry was indicted on 23 counts of drug-related charges when search warrants were executed July 29 and Sept. 12 at two apartments where he was residing in Wooster.

Both times, Perry and his girlfriend Dalisha Merriweather, who was indicted as a codefendant, were found with a variety of drugs and two handguns -- a 9mm Taurus Pro and another 9mm Hi-Point -- at their residences.

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