Dad avoids jail time in amusement park fight over knife ban

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Posted: May 12, 2015 8:04 AM

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A Vermont man has received a six-month suspended sentence on several charges following a fracas last summer that erupted at a New Hampshire amusement park when his family was told they couldn't carry their knives.

Police said the judge set a dangerous precedent regarding E. Alan Perry's sentence Monday, creating the impression that people who disobey officers can get away with it.

Perry, of Lyndon, and his family tried to enter Canobie Lake Park in Salem last June, some with knives on their belts. Security said the knives were prohibited. Authorities say the family became increasingly belligerent after two police officers arrived, leading to physical confrontations that injured an officer. Judge David Anderson noted a jury acquitted Perry of assault and his two sons face trial.

Prosecutors requested an 18-month-to-two-year sentence.