Surveillance video taken during the brawl

May 11, 2015 5:31 PM

Father involved in Canobie brawl gets community service for role in fight

BRENTWOOD - A Vermont man convicted of inciting a riot at Canobie Lake Park in Salem last June received a suspended sentence at Rockingham County Superior Court on Monday.

Alan Perry, who was 46-years-old at the time of his crime, was at the park with his family on June 16, 2014. They were asked to leave because they were carrying knives. Perry demanded a full refund from customer service, even though his family spent half a day there, and the situation became more heated.

Two Salem police officers were called to the scene and a brawl, which was captured on video, erupted. Perry and two of his sons were charged with criminal conduct.

Perry was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, as well as inciting a riot. A jury found him guilty on those charges, but not guilty of assault to an officer. His two sons still face trial.

On Monday, Judge David Anderson heard from Perry's attorney, who said the man has been able to keep his job to support his family while free on bail. He also heard from Lt. Michael Kelly of the Salem Police Department, who dislocated his shoulder during the incident.

Anderson gave Perry a six month suspended sentence, and suspended over $5,000 in fines, for two years.

Perry was also ordered to do 60 hours of community service.

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