Parole for newly humbled ex-Phila. officer

Posted: August 09, 2014

Former Philadelphia Police Lt. Aisha Perry seems to have learned that a 10-minute rant at the judge is not the path to freedom.

After a brief court appearance in which she said she was "humbled" and sorry, and respected the jury that convicted her of stealing utility services, Perry was paroled Thursday from her six- to 23-month prison term by Common Pleas Court Judge Earl W. Trent.

Trent had sent Perry to prison June 12 after two extraordinary in-court tirades, one after a jury found her guilty, and the other when she was sentenced and accused the prosecutor of being a liar "jealous of my lifestyle."

In sending Perry to jail, Trent cited her lack of remorse, and said her "rehabilitative potential is poor."

Perry, 55, has since had the chance to consider her situation while ensconced in the Lehigh County Prison for security reasons. She wrote letters of apology, and defense attorney Tariq El-Shabazz asked Trent to reconsider the sentence.

Trent told the lawyers he did not need to hear more. He denied the reconsideration motion after Assistant District Attorney Terri Domsky argued that it was not merited.

Instead, Trent immediately paroled Perry to begin her five years' probation, and start paying her $5,000 fine and restitution totaling $11,166 to Peco and the Philadelphia Gas Works for utilities the jury found she stole bypassing meters at her properties.

It was unclear whether Perry plans to appeal her conviction and sentence, as she indicated at sentencing.

Perry, who worked for 31 years for the Police Department and was a whistle-blower about police corruption, was tried with George Suarez, 56, a 26-year veteran officer, who was also convicted of stealing utilities.

Unlike Perry, Suarez apologized for his conduct and by the time of sentencing had already reimbursed Peco $4,833.

Trent credited Suarez's remorse and sentenced him to six to 12 months of house arrest, a $1,000 fine, and five years' probation.

Perry was found guilty of stealing gas and electricity at her home on Winchester Avenue in the Northeast and on an investment property she and Suarez bought in the 1900 block of West Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia.

Suarez's utility thefts involved the Girard Avenue property and two others he owns, in the 2200 block of West Tioga Street in Tioga and the 500 block of Devereaux Avenue in Crescentville.

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