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Repeat robber sentenced to life

By Michael Davis

mdavis@news-daily.com

A man who had already spent 10 years in prison for an armed robbery in DeKalb County, was convicted, Thursday, of robbing two hotels at gunpoint in Clayton County in 2007, prosecutors said.

Richard Perry, 37, of Decatur, was accused of robbing clerks at a Days Inn and a Red Roof Inn in Morrow, according to Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Powers.

Perry reportedly had an accomplice in the robberies, whom authorities have not been able to identify, Powers said.

Perry was convicted, Thursday, on two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole on the armed robbery and aggravated assault charges, Powers said, plus five years on the weapon-possession charges.

Powers said Morrow and Lake City police caught up with Perry on Sept. 25, 2007, after he and the accomplice robbed the Days Inn in Morrow. She said Perry and the accomplice fled when police showed up. Perry was caught. The other person wasn't.

Powers said the T-shirts, sunglasses and hats reportedly used in a string of hotel holdups were found in their vehicle.

In a photo lineup, Powers said, Perry was linked, by a victim, to an Aug. 31, 2007 Red Roof Inn robbery in Morrow.

She said Perry and the unknown accomplice are believed to be behind as many as 13 similar holdups in the metro area.

"We're pleased the jury returned a verdict that we thought spoke the truth in this case," Powers said.