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TEEN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN ALMA HOMICIDE

One of two teen-agers charged in a homicide last May pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday in Allegany County court.

Fred E. Perry Jr., 19, of Wellsville pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter.

Judge Wayne A. Feeman Jr. accepted Perry's plea and scheduled his sentencing for March 23.

Perry admitted killing James Doan, 40, of Alma on May 21. He had faced indictments charging him with murder, robbery, arson and conspiracy in Doan's death.

Perry's lawyer, Ray Bulson of Cuba, said Perry was suffering from the effects of extreme emotional disturbance at the time of the incident. Bulson did not specify the source of that distress.

Principal Court Attorney Warren Emerson said the maximum sentence for the manslaughter conviction is 12 1/2 to 25 years; the minimum is three to six years.

Perry was scheduled to go to trial Feb. 2, and Emerson said a jury panel had already been summoned for the case.

Perry's co-defendant, Joseph Allen, 16, of Wellsville is scheduled to be tried Feb. 19 on the same murder, conspiracy, robbery and arson charges.

The two were accused of going to Doan's home, eight miles southwest of Wellsville, robbing him of about $500, shooting him, dragging his body across the South Branch of Fords Brook Road to a barn and setting a fire to conceal the events.

Passersby spotted the smoldering remains of the barn at mid-morning and called the Alma Fire Department. Firefighters, who had not been called to the fire itself, responded and discovered Doan's body as they quelled the embers.

District Attorney Terry Parker accepted Perry's plea on the condition that he be available to testify if he is subpoenaed by the prosecutor's office.

Feeman ordered a presentencing evaluation by the county Probation Department.

Feeman also revoked Perry's $25,000 bail, ordering him confined pending sentencing. The manslaughter plea satisfies the entire indictment.

Allen remains in the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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