Blackfoot Man Sentenced in Deadly Crash

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Updated: 4/29/2013 5:21 pm
A Blackfoot man learned his fate Monday after his actions caused a deadly roll-over accident last Summer.

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Kendall Perry, 22, to 30 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter.  Judge Winmill also ordered Perry to serve three years of supervised release and do 200 hours of community service.

Perry was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 23, 2012.  He pleaded guilty on January 28, 2013.

According to the indictment, on June 30, 2012, Perry was driving a 1999 GMC Yukon with three passengers when the car rolled near the intersection of Philbin and Sheepskin Road.  

An accident reconstructionist said the vehicle was traveling at 74 mph in a 50 mph zone. Perry ran a stop sign, went through the intersection and then lost control and rolled into a field.  Cullen Fightsover was flown by helicopter to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Perry admitted drinking hard liquor and beer and admitted smoking marijuana in the hours before the crash.

The victim’s family members spoke at sentencing and expressed forgiveness towards Perry. Judge Winmill said he considered those statements in imposing the sentence.

The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Idaho State Police.
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