Huffpost Crime

Chastain Montgomery, Defendant In Postal Killings, Planned Escape: Feds

Posted: Updated:
CHASTAIN MONTGOMERY
A Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo provided by the Tipton County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office shows Chastain Montgomery, the father of 18-year-old Chastain Montgomery Jr., who was killed in a shootout with police on Feb. 14, 2011. U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton told a judge in Memphis Friday, March 8, 2013, that he has decided to pursue the death penalty Montgomery, a former prison guard charged with killing two Tennessee postal workers. Montgomery has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting Paula Ro | AP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Federal prosecutors say a former prison guard charged with killing two Tennessee post office workers planned to escape from custody by attacking a U.S. marshal.

In court documents filed Friday, the U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said Chastain Montgomery collected plastic trays from which he intended to make a "shank" in his cell at the federal detention center in Mason, as he was awaiting trial in the killings.

Prosecutors said Montgomery planned to attack a deputy U.S. marshal while being transported to Memphis for a court appearance. Montgomery allegedly attacked a corrections officer when found with the materials.

Montgomery has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting Paula Robinson and Judy Spray while robbing the Henning post office with his 18-year-old son in October 2010.

The government is seeking the death penalty at trial.

Also on The Huffington Post

Close
Shootings In America
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Chastain Montgomery Faces Death Penalty In ... - Huffington Post

Federal Prosecutors Pursue Death Penalty Against Chastain ...

Chastain Montgomery Faces Death Penalty In Alleged Murder Of 2 ...

Death Penalty Sought In Post Office Murders

Feds: Defendant in postal killings planned escape