Parole denied to Brian Keith Montgomery, 49, who shot El Dorado deputy in 1990

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 13, 2016 / comments

Montgomery shot El Dorado County Deputy Robert “Jay” Pepper nine times.  It was the first shooting of an El Dorado County officer since 1864, when Deputy Joe Staples was fatally shot after pursuing and trying to apprehend men who had just robbed a stagecoach.

[BY BILL LINDELOF] A man who shot an El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy nine times more than a quarter century ago has been denied parole...

In the early evening of Dec. 4, 1990, El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff Robert “Jay” Pepper pulled Montgomery over for speeding in the remote community of Somerset, 17 miles south of Placerville.

As Pepper walked up to his car, Montgomery turned to him, said “Good evening officer,” and then fired a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle through the car window at point-blank range. He sped away but was captured the next day...

Pepper reported seeing a faint muzzle flash and hearing “eight or nine reports ... coming in split-second succession.” He suffered nine wounds to the chest, shoulder, side, abdomen and back.

Two bullets were stopped by the strike plate of his bulletproof vest and another by a wallet containing his badge, which he had in a shirt pocket...

It was the first shooting of an El Dorado County officer since 1864, when Deputy Joe Staples was fatally shot after pursuing and trying to apprehend men who had just robbed a stagecoach...

Pepper, who has since retired, spoke at the hearing by telephone and urged the board to deny parole...

The board denied parole for Montgomery on the basis that the inmate presents a risk to the public and does not have proper insight into why he committed the crime, according to the DA.

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