A Hiram man will serve six years in prison and give up his driver’s license for life for a fatal 2016 crash in Windham.

Philip Macri will also serve four years of probation on a manslaughter charge in the December 2016 crash that killed Rebecca Perry, 38, of Steep Falls and seriously injured her then-15-year-old daughter.

In addition, Macri was sentenced to eight years, all of it suspended, for aggravated assault. That charge will result in an additional two years added to his probationary period. If Macri violates probation, he could be sent back to prison for a full 17-year sentence for manslaughter.

Prosecutors said Macri was going 75 mph in a 35 mph zone along Tandberg Trail when his pickup crossed the centerline and hit Perry’s pickup. Perry had swerved to avoid the crash, prosecutors said, and the collision actually happened in the breakdown lane on Perry’s side of the road.

A subsequent blood test found cocaine and marijuana in Macri’s system.

Justin Perry, Rebecca Perry’s husband, said no sentence could make up for the loss of his wife, but said he was satisfied with the terms agreed to in the plea bargain. He also said that he was satisfied that Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills agreed to impose the lifetime driving suspension “so no family has to go through” what his family has faced.


In addition to their daughter Gretchen, who suffered spinal injuries in the crash, Justin and Rebecca Perry have two sons.

Macri, who suffered only minor injuries in the crash, initially pleaded not guilty to the seven charges he faced in Cumberland County. He was re-arrested in April 2017 in Oxford Country after sheriff’s deputies checking on him while he was released on bond found him in Hiram with guns and cocaine. He was barred from possessing either while out on bail.

His trial had been expected to start next month, but his lawyers and prosecutors agreed on sentences in return for guilty pleas on the most serious charges he faced.

Macri declined to speak at Friday’s hearing, only answering “yes, your honor” or “no, you honor” as Mills worked through the terms of the agreement.

Mills agreed to impose the sentence the lawyers had agreed to, but said she saw no indication of remorse on Macri’s part.

Macri, flanked by his two lawyers, stared straight ahead when Justin and Gretchen Perry addressed Mills. He avoided eye contact with the Perrys, who glanced at him several times as each addressed the judge.


“The loss of her beautiful spirit will always be mourned,” Justin Perry said of his wife. Gretchen Perry said that, despite the pain of losing her mother, she resisted the urge to hate Macri.

“Then I would have turned into the monster you are,” she told him.

After the hearing, Justin Perry said his daughter has largely recovered from her injuries, is a high school honors student and hopes to get medical clearance to resume playing softball this spring.

Macri was also sentenced Friday on charges from his April 2017 arrest in Oxford County that were transferred to Cumberland County. Two four-year sentences for violating his conditions of bail and aggravated drug trafficking will run concurrent with his six-year sentence for manslaughter.

Edward D. Murphy can be contacted at 791-6465 or at:

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