Printed on: April 30, 2013

Blackfoot man sentenced for involuntary manslaughter


POCATELLO -- Kendall Perry, 22, of Blackfoot was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 21/2 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced the sentencing in a news release.

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Perry to serve three years of supervised release and do 200 hours of community service.

Perry, an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes, was indicted Oct. 23 by a federal grand jury on one count of involuntary manslaughter. He pleaded guilty to the charge Jan. 28.

Perry was intoxicated June 30, 2012, while driving a 1999 GMC Yukon with gross negligence, causing a rollover accident near the intersection of Philbin and Sheepskin Road, the indictment said. Passenger Cullen Fightsover died from injuries related to the crash. Perry ran a stop sign, went through the intersection and then lost control and rolled into a field, ejecting the three occupants from the vehicle.

An accident reconstructionist said the vehicle was traveling at 74 mph in a 50 mph zone.

Perry admitted drinking hard liquor and beer and smoking marijuana in the hours before the crash. Perry admitted being "buzzed" from the alcohol, the release said.