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Sentencing hearing Friday for stepmother of homicide victim Harmony Montgomery

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Reporter | Nov 17, 2022

(Photo by JEFFREY HASTINGS) Court officers escort Kayla Montgomery into Superior Court for a recent hearing in her perjury case. She is scheduled to be sentenced Friday to about 1 1/2 years in prison.

MANCHESTER — Facing two counts of perjury for allegedly lying to a grand jury, Kayla Montgomery, the stepmom of murdered 5-year-old Harmony Montgomery, has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

Kayla Montgomery, 31, has agreed to plead guilty to the two perjury counts in exchange for a term of roughly 1 1/2 years in the State Prison for Women.

Attorney Paul Garrity, who is representing Kayla Montgomery, filed the sentencing documents in court yesterday.

Montgomery’s former husband, Adam Montgomery, has recently been charged with killing Harmony, his then 5-year-old daughter and Kayla’s stepdaughter. He is also charged, in a separate case, with numerous firearms-related offenses, including theft and armed career criminal.

Kayla’s perjury charges are not related to Harmony’s murder case, but stem from allegations that Kayla lied about certain work locations and time frames.

On the first perjury charge, Kayla is sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years in State Prison, stand committed, with 1 1/2 years of the minimum sentence suspended. That puts her minimum sentence at 2 years, but she was also given credit for the 197 days she’s already spent in jail, which brings the net minimum sentence to just under 1 1/2 years.

On the second perjury charge, she is sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years in State Prison, all suspended upon her release from prison.

A detailed, five-page sentencing memorandum that is part of the plea agreement package requires Montgomery to fully cooperate with prosecutors and law enforcement personnel in “preparing for, and testifying in, any pretrial hearings, depositions, trials, retrials … and any post-trial hearings” or other proceedings.

It’s likely the chief purpose of the memorandum is to compel Montgomery to testify against Adam Montgomery if, and when, his murder case, and another case involving the theft of firearms, go to trial.

Other conditions of the agreement order Kayla to undergo an assessment for drug and alcohol treatment needs; to participate meaningfully in, and complete, any counseling, treatment and educational programs as directed by correction authorities or a probation/parole officer; and to remain on good behavior.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.


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