Owner of raided NE Spokane home had gender change

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by Katie Utehs & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:45 AM

SPOKANE—The Spokane woman arrested in a federal raid Wednesday made her first court appearance Friday.

Donna Perry is being held at the Spokane County Jail, where a complication concerning her gender has her isolated from other inmates.

She’s listed on the jail roster by the name Douglas Perry, but her gender is listed as female.  Perry underwent a gender change which now means she has to be kept separate from the rest of the jail population.

Authorities say people who are transgender, transsexual, intersex or transitioning are kept separate from the population for their own safety.

Perry was taken into custody Wednesday on a federal criminal complaint as a felon is possession of a firearm.  Agents pulled ammunition and weapons from her Spokane home.

Perry isn’t supposed to have any weapons because she’s a convicted felon.

She will remain in jail until a bail hearing schedule for next week.  She is currently being watched to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself.

If convicted, Perry faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
 

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