- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 32-year-old Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to life in prison plus fifteen years for his role in what prosecutors called a violent drug ring that hired arsonists and gunmen to rob and shoot rivals.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1J9Eorc) Jeffrey Perry was convicted last year in federal court of conspiring to distribute cocaine and “crack” cocaine, carjacking, possessing firearms in furtherance of violence and drug crimes, and of having firearms as a convicted felon.

Perry was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick.

Dick said during sentencing that “reliable evidence” suggested Perry had hired three people to torch a man’s house, and two of the arsonists died as a result of burns from the fire.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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