At sentencing on gun fees, Concord Montgomery’s father insists he didn’t kill his daughter


“I didn’t kill my daughter Concord and I look ahead to my upcoming trial to refute these offensive claims,” Adam Montgomery stated.

Adam Montgomery is led to the defense table for his sentencing hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester, N.H. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023.
Adam Montgomery is led to the protection desk for his sentencing listening to in Hillsborough County Superior Court docket in Manchester, N.H. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023. Paul Feely/Union Chief by way of AP

A New Hampshire father proclaimed his innocence within the homicide of Concord Montgomery, his 5-year-old daughter who vanished in 2019 after he was awarded custody and is presumed useless.

Adam Montgomery, 33, spoke earlier than being sentenced Monday on unrelated gun fees.

Concord was reported lacking in November 2021, almost two years after investigators say her father killed her. The physique has not been discovered, however Concord’s stepmother has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Wearing an orange prisoner jumpsuit, Montgomery acknowledged {that a} jury had discovered him responsible of possessing weapons regardless of his earlier felony convictions. However he requested the choose to not think about his daughter’s homicide case when sentencing him.

“I didn’t kill my daughter Concord and I look ahead to my upcoming trial to refute these offensive claims,” he stated, acknowledging that he was an addict and would use his time in jail to “change issues about myself”

“I may have had a significant life however I blew that chance by means of medication,” he continued. “I cherished my daughter unconditionally and I didn’t kill her.”

Authorities allege that Montgomery killed his daughter by repeatedly putting her within the head along with his fist. He’s scheduled for trial in that case in November. He pleaded not responsible final October to second-degree homicide, falsifying bodily proof and abuse of a corpse fees.

After listening to from each side, Hillsborough Superior Court docket Choose Amy Messer sentenced Montgomery to not less than 30 years in jail and as much as 60 years on the fees of being an armed profession felony. He was additionally sentenced to an extra 7 1/2 to fifteen years for receiving stolen property and theft. On every of these sentences, 5 years could be suspended for good conduct.

Messer stated the sentence was acceptable given Montgomery’s historical past of violent conduct, the position that weapons performed in his crimes, and the “brazen nature of his conduct.”

“These weapons had been stolen. There was a toddler in the home,” she stated. “The weapons had been bought to and purchased again from a convicted intercourse offender, and in the end one of many weapons was found within the fingers of a person who is seemingly trafficking in each weapons and medicines.”

Montgomery’s legal professional tried to influence the choose that her consumer’s drug historical past — and the truth that the sale didn’t contain a violent crime — ought to lead to lesser sentence.

“We don’t have bodily hurt to anyone. We don’t have an assault of any person,” Caroline Smith stated. “It was a criminal offense of alternative. Additionally, the proof is that Mr. Montgomery was — he was addict. He was a drug addict. The aim surrounding this crime, the proof is that it was both for medication or cash to get medication.”

The prosecution’s witnesses included Kayla Montgomery, Adam Montgomery’s estranged spouse, who testified he advised her he took the weapons. Kayla Montgomery is serving an 18-month jail sentence. She had pleaded responsible to fees that she lied to a grand jury about the place she was working the day she final noticed Concord.

Legal professionals for Adam Montgomery stated the prosecution’s case relied on lies from different witnesses and that police reached the improper conclusion.