Man indicted on Alabaster ‘killing spree’ threat
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – A 29-year-old Clanton man is facing up to 10 years in prison after a Shelby County grand jury indicted him on a charge alleging he threatened to go on a “killing spree” at an Alabaster business.
During its August term, a grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Jeremie Montgomery, who lists an address on Chilton County 942 in Clanton, upholding a felony count of making terrorist threats.
The indictment claims Montgomery made a post on Facebook on Nov. 1, 2015, reading “I feel like going on a killing spree today…If I take a trip out to my old job, things are going to get pretty ugly…They messed over the wrong person and it’s not about to go down like that…I got 30 rounds and I’m trying to use the whole clip and some more.” The post included a photo of Montgomery brandishing an SKS rifle.
The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested Montgomery on Nov. 1, 2015, after he allegedly made the Facbeook post threatening Flowers Baking Company in Birmingham and the Alabama Crown distribution center in Alabaster.
The arrest happened at Montgomery’s residence “without incident,” according to the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.
After he was arrested and charged in Chilton County, Montgomery was transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he has been incarcerated on a $500,000 bond since his arrest.
In June, Montgomery’s attorney, Michael Hensley, submitted a motion requesting Montgomery’s bond be reduced, claiming the bond “is more than 30 times greater than the recommended bail schedule” for the charge.
Hensley claimed a search of Montgomery’s home found no ammunition or firearms in the suspect’s home, property or motor vehicle, and claimed there was “no proof found that (Montgomery) tried or had the capacity to carry out any online threats.”
Hensley also claimed the photo Montgomery posted with the threat was about five years old, and was followed up with a post claiming the post was a “joke.”
In late July, District Court Judge Daniel Crowson denied Montgomery’s bond reduction request.
On Aug. 22, Montgomery penned a handwritten note to Crowson requesting a “fair and speedy trial,” and asked the court to either allow him to use a private doctor to carry out a mental evaluation or to grant him an expedited evaluation by the state mental health examiner.
Montgomery also claimed he did not have possession of a weapon when he made the post, and claimed he was the victim of “media exaggeration.”
“I do admit that my post was foolish and came at a bad time, however I thought that the forum was not dumb enough to fall for a post that was far-fetched and foolish,” Montgomery wrote. “I apologize for the misunderstanding and confusion that was created by media exaggeration. I feel like the business and the police purposely overblew this situation out of proportion to get revenge on me for the post.”