Suffolk widow, 66, describes violent home invasion
By Linda McNatt
© June 25, 2010
Sally Perry was sitting in her rural home on Freeman Mill Road on the night of March 4, 2009, when her little dog, Max, growled.
Perry, 66, a widow who lives alone, peered out of her front window, saw nothing and sat back down at about 11:30 p.m. to continue watching the news.
Then, three men burst through her front door. One was holding the bolt cutters they'd used to get inside.
Perry was calm as she described the incident in court Thursday. The men ransacked her house, tipped over her couch, broke glass and furniture. They tied her up with duct tape and locked her in a bathroom.
"I had felt very safe in my house," Perry said from the witness stand. "I always lock my doors. A lot of people wonder how I do it, but we woman are strong."
Perry was left with two black eyes, a broken wrist, split lip. She was bleeding from her face and head injuries. But she cut through the duct tape with nail clippers she'd had the presence of mind to take into the bathroom with her.
Later that month, two men and a juvenile, all of Portsmouth, were arrested in the robbery, abduction, theft of credit cards, unauthorized use of a vehicle, wearing masks in public, use of a firearm and other crimes.
The firearm, a .22-caliber rifle, had belonged to Perry's deceased husband. Jabree Newman-Mumford, 16, poked Perry in the face with the rifle and threatened her life as she was sitting tied to the bathroom commode.
Newman-Mumford, now 17, was sentenced to 31 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Carl E. Eason Jr. He also must help to pay $41, 878.97 in restitution.
Eason gave Clinton Ivy, a co-conspirator, 44 years in prison and responsibility for the restitution. Ivy, 31, will be on supervised probation for life and must have no contact with Perry. Ivy also is facing 18 years, three months for crimes in Isle of Wight County and Chesapeake, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bob Sandwich, who prosecuted the case with Marie Walls, senior assistant commonwealth's attorney.
Both Newman-Mumford and Ivy pleaded guilty in plea agreements.
The third defendant, Aaron James Brennan, 23, had a jury trial in March.
The jury recommended at that time that Brennan be sentenced to 212 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge Westbrook J. Parker followed the jury's recommendation and gave Brennan an additional three years in prison for a separate arson on Suffolk's Hosier Road.
Perry still lives alone. She's had her security system upgraded, she said. She's had surgery on her wrist.
"This rises to the level of one of the most heinous crimes we've seen in Suffolk," Sandwich said in court. "There were no drugs involved. Just meanness. It was the worst night of Sally Perry's life."