Patrick Montgomery, right, an accused Capitol rioter, left, violated a pretrial release provision by using an illegal firearm to kill a mountain lion (Pictures: Reuters/US District Court for the District of Columbia court documents)
An accused Capitol rioter has been placed under house arrest for violating his pretrial release provision by using an illegal firearm to kill a mountain lion. Patrick Montgomery, 41, appeared in a photo carrying the carcass of a 170-pound big cat he shot on March 31.
Prosecutors found out that Montgomery used a .357 magnum to shoot the mountain lion, violating the provision in his pretrial release stating that he could not possess illegal firearms of any sort, court documents filed last week stated.
The photo of Montgomery holding the mountain lion was shared with prosecutors by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers. The parks and wildlife authorities found out that Montgomery was convicted on three counts of robbery at several stores in New Mexico in 1996. Since Montgomery is a convicted felon, he is not legally allowed to possess firearms.
Montgomery was indicted by a Washington, DC, grand jury on 10 counts related to his participation in the January 6 insurrection in which former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building. Montgomery was indicted for assaulting a Metropolitan Police Department officer, entering the Capitol and Senate Gallery illegally, engaging in physical violence, obstructing an official proceeding and disorderly and disruptive conduct.
The court ordered Montgomery ‘not violate federal, state, or local law while on release’ and warned him not to partake in ‘any Federal or State crimes’.
However, Montgomery broke the order several weeks after the riot – in an act that harmed another animal.
‘He and his dogs pursued the bobcat for approximately 11 miles and his dogs killed the bobcat, which violates local law,’ prosecutors said, according to Law & Crime.
Montgomery used a slingshot to hit the bobcat off a tree and let his dogs kill it, two illegal acts in the state, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife report stated.
On Monday, US District Judge Randolph Moss did not completely revoke Montgomery’s release, but had him ‘restricted to 24-hour-a-day lock-down’ at home. In addition, Moss ordered Montgomery to ‘not participate in any hunting-related activities, either personally or professionally’. The judge required that ‘all firearms and/or weapons to including hunting knives’ be removed from Montgomery’s residence.
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