‘Killing spree’ suspect’s charges headed to grand jury
Published 12:30 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2016
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – A Shelby County grand jury will decide during an upcoming session if it will uphold a felony terrorist threat charge against a suspect who allegedly threatened last year to go on a “killing spree” at businesses in Alabaster and Birmingham.
On March 16, a terrorist threat charge against 28-year-old Clanton resident Jeremie Montgomery was bound over to a grand jury for consideration. The grand jury will review evidence in the case, and will decide if it will uphold the felony charge against Montgomery.
The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested Jeremie Jonathan Montgomery on Nov. 1, 2015, after he allegedly made a Facbeook post earlier in the day threatening violence at two businesses. The arrest happened at Montgomery’s residence off Chilton County 81 “without incident,” according to the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.
In the Facebook post, Montgomery, brandishing an SKS rifle, wrote “I feel (like) going on a killing spree today,” and specifically named Flowers Baking Company in Birmingham and the Alabama Crown distribution center in Alabaster.
“They messed over the wrong person and it’s about to go down like that,” Montgomery wrote. “I got 30 rounds and I’m trying to (use) the whole clip and some more.”
After he was arrested and charged in Chilton County, Montgomery was transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he faces a felony terrorist threat charge related to the threat against Alabama Crown.
Shelby County District Court Judge Corey Moore agreed to set Montgomery’s bond higher than normal for the felony terrorist threat charge after the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office requested it be raised.
The District Attorney’s Office claimed Montgomery “is considered very dangerous and presents a substantial risk to the general public based on the facts of this offense,” and claimed Montgomery “has confessed to posting the threatening messages and photographs that resulted in this new criminal offense.”
When he allegedly made the threat, Montgomery was on probation in Chilton County on a first-degree criminal mischief charge, which he received after causing more than $2,500 to another person’s 2000 Nissan Altima.
On March 16, Montgomery was transported to the Chilton County Jail for a hearing related to his probation violation charge. As of March 23, he was being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
After allegedly posting and removing the threat on Facebook, Montgomery claimed he was only attempting to “relay my message to the government without calling and looking like an idiot.”
“Now I hope you guys don’t actually think I was going to hurt anyone … with a gun that has been turnt in to Birmingham Police Department over five years ago,” Montgomery wrote on Nov. 1. “Lol I just would like to open the government eyes up to people who has been bullied on social media, jobs and schools like I have.”