Convicted man was in jail when crime occurred
Sentenced to life in prison in November for armed robbery, LaDondrell Montgomery insisted he was not the shadowy figure on surveillance video. He swore the eyewitness identifying him were flat wrong.
If only the 36-year-old habitual offender had an alibi. If only he could remember exactly where he was that day of the robbery.
A week after jurors sentenced Montgomery, his attorney was researching the felon’s lengthy rap sheet.
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 December 13, 2009 crime, Montgomery was actually innocent.
“We didn’t know,” said attorney Ronald Ray after the conviction was thrown out Thursday. “We didn’t learn that until several days after the trial.”