A Rockville Centre man twice acquitted on charges of shooting others is in jail again, accused of shooting another man.
Carl Perryman, 25, was charged Friday in federal court with conspiracy to commit murder for a shooting last March at the Old Mill Court housing project, where he lived, prosecutors said. In the past three years, Perryman has gone to trial twice in Nassau County Court, accused of shooting others -- once fatally -- and been found not guilty.
Also charged with conspiracy to commit murder is Charles Sullins of Rockville Centre.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Sullivan said both men were members of the Old Mill Court Bloods street gang who took part in robberies and large-scale drug dealing. Sullivan said the men conspired to kill a member of the rival Crips gang, whom he declined to identify.
In court papers, Sullivan said they came upon their target at the housing complex and saw him doing a "Crips dance" in the parking lot on March 16. Surveillance video shows Sullins giving a gun to Perryman, who then shot the dancing Crips member in the back and arm while a car with two people and a baby were nearby, Sullivan wrote.
Sullivan said that in addition to the video, witnesses identified both men at the scene, and other witnesses have said Perryman admitted the shooting to them.
Attorneys for both defendants entered pleas of not guilty. They did not contest Sullivan's requests that they each be held without bail, and U.S. Magistrate E. Thomas Boyle did so.
In court papers, Sullivan argued that Perryman had a history of failing to appear in court. He also said Perryman was a danger to the community. He recounted the 2008 killing of Perryman's friend David Baez, in which three witnesses told police and a grand jury that they saw Perryman kill the 27-year-old.
But all three recanted their statements before trial, and two even testified on behalf of Perryman. Nassau County Court Judge George Peck ruled that Perryman had intimidated the witnesses and allowed jurors to hear their earlier statements, but the jury still acquitted him.
Less than a year later, Perryman was found not guilty of shooting another man in the neighborhood. That man survived.
Sullins has no criminal record.
The Nassau district attorney's office declined to comment on the new federal charges against Perryman.
Perryman's attorney, Matthew Brissenden of Garden City, declined to comment, as did several family members. Sullins' lawyer, Neil Checkman of Manhattan, said he was not yet completely familiar with the case.
If convicted, the men face a maximum of life in prison.
With Ann Givens