99 years for killing son, injuring daughter
A former Montrealer has been sentenced in Texas to two consecutive 99-year prison terms for shooting and killing his son and injuring his daughter, who tried to shield her younger brother from the bullets.
Predrag Perisic pleaded guilty in October to first degree murder in the shooting death of his 10-year-old son Deyan and to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of his 12-year-old daughter Danyela.
He was going through divorce proceedings and a parental custody battle following the family's move to Texas from Montreal in 2007.
On December 13, 2010, at his home in Coldspring near Houston, Perisic shot his children, eight to 12 times.
San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney Richard Countiss had asked for a life sentence but said 99 years is close enough.
"He is 58 years old so the odds are 100% he will not be out of prison for the rest of his life," Countiss told CJAD 800 news.
Countiss said Perisic's daughter was in court for the sentencing, as was his ex Vera Vucerakovich who read aloud a victim impact statement saying her son Deyan would never have the privilege of graduating, attending his prom and pursuing his goals.
"The mother simply outlined the terrible, terrible pain and trauma and hurt that the murder of her son has been for her, for his sister, for the other members of the family," Countiss said.
Perisic had asked for a five year sentence, expressing no remorse.
"It was the police's fault, it was his ex-wife's fault. He simply could not accept his own responsibility," Countiss said.
Countiss remarked he'd considered asking for the death penalty.
"The worst punishment he could suffer is what he's going to live through for the rest of his life which is to sit in a steel cage and think about what he's done and know that his life is for all practical purposes, over," Countiss said.
Countiss said it was one of his most difficult, emotional cases.
"You look at it and you say, 'How can any human being do what this man did?"