From my perspective, a man who intentionally kills his 11-week old infant daughter is already in a unique class of murderers. That act alone is an aggravating factor under our laws, which would have made Montour eligible for the death penalty for the murder of his daughter. The prosecutors in that murder case
his first murder case
did not seek a death sentence. Instead, Montour pleaded guilty to his heinous act of infanticide and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. As you know, while serving that life sentence, Montour attacked your unsuspecting son from behind
like a coward
and killed him with repeated blows to his head. He knew exactly what he was doing and his motives were selfish.
You also remember Montour’s cold
-blooded words after he murdered your son and in court.
For your son’s killer, remorse and apologies came a
couple weeks before this trial and will be used to try to convince a jury to give him yet another shot at a life sentence after his second murder of an innocent person.
Of the compelling evidence I reviewed in making this decision, I reviewed Montour’s poems,
letters, and statements at his first sentencing hearing. I have attached a copy of the transcript with this correspondence, so you have the opportunity to see what information I have considered. A couple of the notable statements by Montour at this sentencing hearing are:
…the evidence has clearly shown my thought process within the context
of my problem-solving skills and in other areas of my life and how little I value human life, along with my total disregard as to the punishment and deterrence the laws are to invoke. I believe it is self-evident that if I am to receive another life sentence, it would afford me yet another opportunity to kill again, as well as an opportunity to educate inmates how to manipulate the law, to essentially get away with murder, given the existing capital sentencing statute.
There can be no guaranteed sentence to administrative segregation. I am concerned that you have been misled about the possible sentence Montour could serve, if he does not receive a death sentence. You have mentioned to me
and I have heard misstated to the media by the handful of vo
cal defenders of your son’s murderer—
that Montour is willing to
serve life in administrative segregation, publicly referred to as “solitary confinement.”
This sentence is not possible. Under our laws and the rules of the Department of Corrections, no person can be sentenced
even by their own agreement and stipulation
to a life sentence in solitary confinement. The law does not permit this. Anyone who tells you that such a deal can be negotiated is ignorant or intentionally misleading you. This is not a debatable issue. It is the status of our law. If you want to seek an independent opinion about this, I encourage you to reach out to the Department of Corrections and ask for yourself. If Montour is permitted to plead guilty, or a jury does not sentence him to death, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole...with no additional limitations on where he must be housed, or the conditions of his sentence. That means that short of a death sentence, there is