Miami County sex offender sentenced to 18 months

Sidney man pleads no contest to vehicular homicide

By Sam Wildow -



MIAMI COUNTY — A Miami County sex offender who was on the run for six years will be serving 18 months in jail.

Jason A. Perkins, 41, plead guilty to two separate indictments Tuesday morning, including third-degree felony failure to give notice of a change of address as well as fifth-degree felony nonsupport of dependents.

Perkins was apprehended by deputy U.S. Marshals in Toombs County, Ga., in July. Perkins was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 1996 and required to register as a sex offender. Deputy marshals got involved in 2010 when Miami County investigators obtained information that Perkins fled the state.

Since 2010, marshals and sheriff deputies conducted dozens of interviews, responded to dozens of anonymous tips, and sent multiple leads to other marshals around the country, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service. Marshals were reportedly led to believe Perkins was armed and prepared to avoid apprehension at all costs.

The investigation made positive headway last year when authorities uncovered a string of fake identities and aliases Perkins was using to stay off the grid. Perkins was eventually arrested without incident on July 9 after deputies tracked Perkins to a location in Toombs County with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals’ South East Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Perkins waived a pre-sentence investigation during Tuesday’s hearing. Judge Jeannine Pratt determined that Perkins did not qualify for community control due to previously serving jail time in 2001 for corruption of a minor.

Perkins was sentenced to 12 months for nonsupport and 18 months for failure to give a change of address as part of a plea agreement. The sentences will run concurrently. Perkins also has a 167 days jail credit.

In other court news, Sidney resident Eric Pellman, 41, plead no contest Tuesday morning to charges of second-degree felony aggravated vehicular homicide and first-degree misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a cocaine metabolite. Pellman’s pleas of no contest were not part of a plea agreement.

The charges stem from a single-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 75 which claimed one life and left Pellman and one other person with serious injuries in March. Phillip W. Smith, 33, of Troy, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Miami County coroner.

Pellman was reportedly the driver of the car which overturned on southbound Interstate 75 after striking a sound barrier and a guard rail. Pellman and the right rear seat passenger, Cawthorn Miree, also of Sidney, were transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by CareFlight.

Approximately 10 days later Pellman was arrested on drug charges following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at his residence during a drug raid at Sidney residence on North Main Street. Pellman was charged with one count of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of heroin, and one count of possession of criminal tools.

It was noted during Pellman’s hearing Tuesday that the OVI charge Pellman was facing was previously labeled as a fifth-degree felony which was incorrect. It was really a first-degree misdemeanor.

Also during Pellman’s hearing, Pellman’s attorney Stephen W. King stated that Pellman had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2005. Pellman has to be under medication and has been receiving his medication regularly in the Miami County Jail.

Judge Christopher Gee ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. Pellman is not eligible for probation or community control, and he is facing between 2-8 years in prison with a maximum fine of $15,000 for the charge of aggravated of vehicular homicide. Pellman can face up to six months and between a fine between $375-$1,075.

A sentencing hearing was set for Feb. 8 at 1:45 p.m.


Sidney man pleads no contest to vehicular homicide

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall