David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that Defendant Dion Oliver was convicted of Stalking, Kidnapping Resulting in Death, and Conspiracy after a 7-day federal trial. As a result of the conviction, Defendant Oliver is facing a sentence of mandatory life in prison.
According to evidence and witness testimony, the Defendant worked with at least five coconspirators, including Ryan Bacon and Michael Pritchett, to search for a man, listed in the Indictment as M.S., in an attempt to kill him. On June 6, 2017, in furtherance of their continuing pursuit of M.S., Oliver and his confederates s kidnapped M.S.’s girlfriend, Keyonna Perkins, and used her to find M.S. Perkins was held at gunpoint by Oliver. She was then forced into the trunk of her car. After locating M.S., Oliver and his coconspirators fired multiple shots at M.S., but failed to hit him. Following that shooting, Perkins was forced into the trunk of a second car and driven by co-conspirators to Elkton, Maryland where she was murdered.
Oliver continued his pursuit of M.S. after the first failed shooting. He located M.S. at Probation & Parole Offices in New Castle. Oliver, working with Pritchett, waited for M.S. to leave Probation & Parole. They followed M.S. into Wilmington until M.S. got out of his car. Pritchett then drove alongside M.S., while Oliver reached out the front passenger window of Pritchett’s truck and fired multiple shots at M.S. The gunfire missed M.S., but one of the bullets ripped through a passing SUV and struck a six-year-old boy in the head, causing the child severe and permanent injuries.
“The defendants’ June 6 crime spree unfolded across multiple police jurisdictions and two separate states. Driven by the singular purpose of killing M.S., defendants displayed utter disregard for the lives of innocents who crossed their paths. As a result, Keyonna Perkins lost her life, a six-year-old boy was permanently injured, and their families will never be the same. The investigation required careful and ongoing collaboration between numerous law enforcement agencies, and we thank all federal, state, and local law enforcement partners who came together to help hold the defendants accountable for their crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Weiss.
“These men displayed a total disregard for human life,” said Thomas J. Sobocinski, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Baltimore Field Office. “In an act of retribution, they not only kidnapped and killed a woman, they opened fire in the middle of a busy street, when kids were getting out of school; forever changing the life of one six-year-old boy as he was shot while riding in the backseat of his mom’s car. Rest assured, the FBI and our law enforcement partners will continue to pursue those who seek to terrorize our communities and hurt innocent people.”
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher L. de Barrena-Sarobe, Eli H. Klein, and Jesse S. Wenger and prosecuted the case. This case was investigated by FBI’s Delaware Violent Crime and Safe Streets Taskforce, with assistance from the Wilmington Police Department, New Castle County Police Department, Delaware State Police, and the Elkton Police Department.
In October 2018 Oliver was released from custody by mistake and was later talked into turning himself in. That story is below.