On Thursday February 25, it was announced that Victor Peery, a Michigan man wanted for shooting his girlfriend in her Kalamazoo apartment on Sunday, had been captured in Muncie. On Wednesday, the Muncie Police Dept. SWAT team served a search warrant at a residence in Muncie, and arrested Peery along with two other men. Peery now faces preliminary charges of assault with intent to murder, domestic assault, felon in possession of a firearm, and felonious assault in the attack on the 20-year-old woman.
According to news reports the shooting occurred just before 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Kalamazoo Public Safety officials said the woman fled to a neighbor’s home after suffering wounds in a shoulder and arm.
In addition to the above charges, Peery and the two other men, 21-year-old Jamarr Hill and 24-year-old Tavion Da’Rae Wallace face preliminary charges in Indiana for possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, and receiving stolen property. Peery was captured at a home on Princeton Avenue, which is where police found several handguns along with 11.5 grams of cocaine and 19.5 grams of heroin.
The victim told Kalamazoo police that Peery had assaulted her before shooting her. She reportedly had multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to a hospital where she was said to be in stable condition.
Assault with intent to murder is also commonly referred to as attempted murder, and is an extremely serious criminal charge. In fact, those convicted may face up to life in prison depending on the facts of the case, the defendant’s criminal history, and other factors.
In such a case, should a defendant plead not guilty and go to trial, or plead guilty or no contest to a lesser charge such as assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder if a deal is offered by prosecutors? There are many factors that must be considered when your freedom and future are literally on the line. Deciding on the most effective defense strategy is also critical to the outcome. When potentially facing life behind bars, it is vital to work with an experienced and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney.