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November 3, 2012

Beckley man sentenced to 15 years

BECKLEY — A Beckley man was sentenced Friday by Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge John Hutchison to serve 15 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

Brandon Emory Perdue, 27, of Arlington Road, pleaded guilty Sept. 7, 2011, to the voluntary manslaughter of Sidney Clarke Jr., 49.

Perdue was dating Clarke’s daughter, Crystal Trivett, and the three were living at Clarke’s Arlington Road residence when the incident occurred.

On May 29, 2011, according to Trivett, who was an eyewitness, Clarke and Perdue began a verbal argument about money missing from another relative’s residence.

The altercation turned physical and Perdue stabbed Clarke once, which resulted in his death.

When officers arrived, Perdue cooperated and said he acted in self-defense.

Hutchison delivered a 15-year sentence to run consecutively with a one- to 10-year sentence for a prior breaking and entering felony.

Perdue was on probation during the altercation with Clarke.

Upon release from prison, Perdue is ordered to pay restitution for medical and funeral expenses of the victim.

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