Colorado man sentenced to 192 years for child abuse, would starve and beat preteen girl

Perry Armstrong was sentenced to nearly 200 years in Pueblo for child abuse charges. Photo courtesy Pueblo Police.
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado man was sentenced to 192 years in prison for severely abusing and starving a preteen.

The sentence was handed out to 37-year-old Perry Armstrong on Friday after he was found guilty in June for beating and starving the young girl.

"That's a substantial sentence but it's a substantial crime too," Sgt. Franklyn Ortega with the Pueblo Police Department told 11 News. "It's one of those things, through the hard work of our detectives and our work with the DA office, he'll get a sentence like that. I'm glad we were able to put this case together and have some justice to be served."

Armstrong was arrested in 2017 for the crimes.

According to arrest papers obtained by 11 News, someone found the girl walking on Northern Avenue after she escaped a home in 2017. She reportedly told police Armstrong smashed her fingers with a hammer, hit her legs with a baseball bat, had a dog attach [attack] her and made her sleep on the floor. She also told authorities Armstrong tried to force-feed her dog poop if she didn't clean it up fast enough. The description of abuse goes on in the arrest papers from starving her to beatings.

Perry was convicted of five counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, nine counts of misdemeanor child abuse and multiple assault charges.

On top of the sentence, Armstrong was ordered to pay more than $9,000 in court costs.