Man Who Got Life Was Jailed During Crime; Incompetent Lawyer Cited


Sentenced to life in prison for armed robbery, LaDondrell Montgomery of Houston insisted he was not the shadowy figure on surveillance video. He swore the eyewitness identifying him were flat wrong. A week after jurors sentenced Montgomery, his attorney was researching the felon’s lengthy rap sheet, recounts the Houston Chronicle.

In that file was a report that had details about a 2009 arrest and an iron-clad alibi: He was in jail. Released from custody about nine hours after the crime, Montgomery was actually innocent. His lawyer Ronald Ray said the problem wasn’t clear until after the trial. Ray said Montgomery was in and out of custody so many times he did not remember exact dates. Judge Mark Kent Ellis berated Ray and prosecutors for the oversight. “It boggles the mind that neither side knew about this during trial,” Ellis said yesterday. “Both sides in this case were spectacularly incompetent.”

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