In November 2013, Travis Michael Montgomey was arrested for Public Intoxication after a night of drinking. The parents of the 16 year old Montgomery picked him up at the police station, finding him despondent and stating he wanted to kill himself. Some friends and family of the Marion County teenager called him neglected, having to borrow lunch money at times when his parents gave him none. Whatever the truth of the matter, Montgomery’s parents were not neglecting him now.
Renee Montgomery began plans to seek immediate psychiatric help for her son and confiscated his cell phone where she discovered Travis’ relationship with a woman in her 20s. She forbade her son from ever contacting the woman; it was one of the last things she ever did.
The next night Travis Montgomery fatally stabbed his mother and similarly wounded his father Wade who survived with permanent injuries. Since the murder was in conjunction with a second crime, Montgomery would have faced the death penalty had he been older. Being still a teenager at the time of the crimes, the now 20 year old Montgomery faced life in prison without parole at the worst.
Convicted of the two crimes in Marion County, a judge has given Travis Montgomery a sentence of 28 years for the murder of his mother and a concurrent 23 year sentence for the attack on his father. Due to the length of the sentences and their felony classification, Montgomery will accrue no Correctional Incentive Time, but will be eligible for parole in ten years, or even less under certain circumstances.
Travis Montgomery had few friends and family who defended him, but those who did were vocal – he would never offend again and only a light sentence was called for. Others, some who wrote to PNS, were just as adamant that the judge’s sentence did not fit the crime. Those who opposed Montgomery’s light sentence can immediately write to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. Letters are kept on file, and prisoner files are given great consideration at the time of the parole hearing. You may not be around in ten years, but your letters will be.