Mikulski mugging suspect is jailed on other charges He must serve 18 months for violating probation in cocaine-possession case

November 09, 1995|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

The man charged with mugging Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski was sentenced to a year and a half in prison yesterday for violating his probation on drug charges, as he told a Baltimore Circuit judge that addiction was to blame for his actions.

Robert Eugene Perlie, 32, admitted he never visited his probation agent after receiving a suspended sentence of 18 months March 29 for possession of cocaine and resisting arrest. He also moved without his agent's knowledge or permission; didn't get a job or attend school, as required; and neglected to pay court costs or a $25 monthly supervision fee.

Perlie was on probation when he is alleged to have attacked the 59-year-old senator outside her home in the 600 block of S. Ann St. in Fells Point on Oct. 15. Ms. Mikulski dislocated a finger and was knocked to the ground as the attacker wrenched away her purse. Perlie is charged with robbery, battery and misdemeanor theft in that case.

Yesterday, however, the Mikulski matter came up only by implication before Judge Clifton J. Gordy Jr., who was told the defendant also faced "other charges."

"I just want to say, due to my drugs and alcohol I knew I couldn't do the right thing," Perlie said, attempting to explain to the judge why he had violated probation. "I'm not blaming no one."

An assistant public defender representing him said Perlie lost his home and was unable to work because of his addiction, making it more difficult for him to comply with the rules of probation.

Judge Gordy imposed the 18-month term he originally suspended for the drug and resisting-arrest charges, minus credit for two days Perlie had spent in jail -- the maximum sentence. The judge said it appeared Perlie "has done nothing but take a hike and pick up some new charges."

Perlie also had been convicted of two other counts of drug possession, theft and unemployment insurance fraud.

In May, a warrant was issued for Perlie's arrest on the violations of probation. On June 19, city police arrested him and charged him with malicious destruction and theft, and he was released on $7,500 bail.

He was supposed to appear on the probation violations in mid-August, but his mother appeared in court and told the judge her son could not be there because he had suffered "a serious injury."

"The defendant's done absolutely nothing to redeem himself during this time," Assistant State's Attorney Ward Morrow told the judge yesterday.

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