From Columbia County D.A.'s Office:
On June 13, 2019, Perry Gilliard waived indictment and was arraigned in County Court upon being charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree, Honorable Jonathan D. Nichols presiding. The Hudson Police Department investigated this matter and arrested Perry Gilliard. Cheryl Coleman represents Perry Gilliard. Perry Gilliard is presumed to be innocent unless and until the People can prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to all twelve (12) of twelve (12) jurors. (SCI No. 061-19)
Original press release from 2018:
Press Release – HPD Seizes Handguns, Arrests Parolee
A Hudson resident, who was shot in the City of Albany last week, was arrested this morning when he was found in possession of a loaded handgun.
PERRY “B MAN” GILLIARD , age 26, of Hudson Terrace Apartments was the victim of a shooting in Albany on April 2, 2018 wherein GILLIARD was shot six times. GILLARD is the brother of KEVIN L. WHITENING who was murdered in Hudson on August 22, 2017. Since the Albany shooting Hudson Police Detectives have been assisting the Albany Police Department with their investigation.
On April 9th Detective Sergeant JASON FINN observed who he believed to be GILLIARD walking in Long Alley. The Sergeant contacted GILLIARD’s parole officer to confirm that he had indeed been released from the hospital less than one week after being shot multiple times.
On April 11th at 10:13am Hudson Police Detectives accompanied Officers from NYS Parole and interviewed GILLIARD after he was located walking in the street near his home. GILLARD was found to be in possession of a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol. He was immediately taken into custody and transported to HPD and subsequently the Columbia County Jail.
HPD Detectives, working with Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka, immediately applied for a Search Warrant to search GILLARD’s residence. A warrant was signed this morning by Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek.
As of this writing, Detectives have located another handgun in the residence, and the investigation is continuing.
The origins of the pistols are currently under investigation. GILLIARD is currently on parole after pleading guilty to an armed robbery in Hudson that occurred in 2011.
“This is proactive police work by the Detective Sergeant and his squad who are thoroughly knowledgeable of what happened in our city last year and are continuing to press their investigation. Anyone can speculate on what these pistols may have been used for. What I do know however is that Finn and our detectives, as well as the Parole Officers, may have thwarted more violence in our streets.” Chief