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Man Sentenced for Stealing Hospice Patient's IV Medication

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Justin Perryman, age 32 was sentenced to eight years for aggravated burglary and four years for felony possession of a weapon. Justin Perryman, age 32 was sentenced to eight years for aggravated burglary and four years for felony possession of a weapon.

by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Justin Perryman was sentenced to eight years total for breaking into Alive Hospice and stealing a patient's intravenous medication while still in her arm.

Perryman, age 32, admitted in court Friday that he walked into the patient's room with the intent to steal her IV medication, Dilaudid.

What Perryman did not know is the patient's granddaughter, Erin Duffy, was also in the room. Perryman told Duffy he was a volunteer checking on the patient.

"He said he had to go and he got up and he started to leave the room," said Duffy in court. "Then that's when I noticed him, he was walking out the door, stuffing something in his pocket and it was the plastic medicine bag and there was liquid dripping down his pants."

Duffy said she then ran out the room to alert others what happened, but Perryman was able to get way.

Police were able to capture him some time later hiding under a bed with a gun.

While crying in court, Perryman said, "I know the pain and sorrow the Duffy family felt that night could have been avoided if I'd not made the selfish choice to use drugs in the first place. I would literally do anything I have to do to know that Ms. Duffy would accept my sincere apology."

Prosecuting attorney Rachel Sobrero said Perryman lacks potential for rehabilitation under anything less than time in prison.

"Less restrictive than confinements have been tried before and obviously he has not been somebody who has been rehabilitated. He continues to commit crimes," said Sobrero.

Perryman was sentenced to eight years for aggravated burglary and four years for felony possession of a weapon. The sentences will run concurrently.

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