State prison for Yorker who shot York City woman in leg

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
York City Police investigate after a shooting occurred in the 200 block of Kurtz Avenue about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. A female shooting victim was taken by ambulance to York Hospital. The shooting occurred near McKinley K-8, which was placed on lockdown while police investigated. Bill Kalina photo

A York City man has been sentenced to state prison for shooting a woman in the legs as she was walking home.

Jervin Perez, now 21, pleaded guilty in York County Court on Monday to the felonies of aggravated assault and being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

He was sentenced to seven to 17 years in state prison and given credit for the 476 days he's already spent locked up on the case, according to court records.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, a charge of attempted first-degree murder was dropped, court records state.

"He's taken responsibility for what happened that day, and he's glad the commonwealth could give him the kind of offer they did," defense attorney George Margetas said of his client.

Jervin Perez

Perez, formerly of the 100 block of East College Avenue, is known as "J-Dolla," York City Police have said.

A 28-year-old woman was walking in the 200 block of Kurtz Avenue about 2:15 p.m. Sept. 24, when she heard a man behind her say, "There she goes," according to court documents.

Perez pulled out a gun and fired at her from about 5 to 10 feet away, according to York City Police. The woman suffered gunshots to both legs, police have said.

The shooting scene is about a block away from McKinley K-8 school, at 600 Manor St., and school officers alerted city patrol officers to the shooting, documents state.

The gunfire prompted officials at four city schools to institute a shelter-in-place order as a safety precaution, according to the York City School District. The order was lifted before the end of the school day.

Prior shooting: Perez was previously accused of shooting a 15-year-old Dallastown teen in the 500 block of South Duke Street in York City Oct. 25, 2017, according to York City Police.

The shooting victim was with Perez and three other males in a breezeway when Perez pistol-whipped the teen in the back of the head, court documents state.

When the teen turned around, Perez shot him once in the stomach and said, "Give me everything," documents state.

The wounded teen handed over about $430 and about a half-ounce of marijuana, according to court documents.

In that case, Perez pleaded guilty to drug possession with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm by a minor. He was sentenced to 303 days in prison, which was a time-served sentence, plus five years' probation, according to court records.

Jervin Perez

Kids and guns: Margetas lamented the fact that children are carrying guns.

"These kids who are using guns keep getting younger and younger," he said. "I wish I had the answer to the problem."

Margetas said it's a difficult phenomenon to stop.

"It's an uphill battle," he said. "And I know the district attorney's office and the York City Police Department are doing what they can."

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct details regarding Jervin Perez' two shooting cases.