OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JOHN F. WOOD
Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106
APRIL 4, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LISA MONTGOMERY RECEIVES DEATH PENALTY
FOR KIDNAPPING RESULTING IN DEATH
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Lisa M. Montgomery, 40, of Melvern, Kan., was sentenced to death in federal court today for kidnapping a baby girl in December 2004, resulting in the death of the infant's mother.
“I hope that today’s sentence will bring some measure of closure to the family of Bobbie Jo Stinnett,” Wood said. “Seeking the ultimate penalty is not something we take lightly, but this outcome serves the cause of justice and honors the memory of Bobbie Jo Stinnett.”
Montgomery was found guilty on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, of kidnapping Victoria Jo Stinnett by cutting her from her mother’s womb in order to claim her as her own child, taking the baby across the state line from Skidmore, Mo., to Melvern. Montgomery's actions resulted in the death of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, the baby's mother.
Evidence was presented at trial that Montgomery strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett with a rope and used a kitchen knife to cut her infant daughter from her womb. At the time of her death, Bobbie Jo Stinnett was eight months pregnant.
The penalty phase of the trial lasted nearly two days. The jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about four hours before returning the special death sentence verdict to U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner in the trial that began Oct. 1, 2007.
This case is being prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt J. Whitworth and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Roseann Ketchmark and Cynthia L. Cordes. It was investigated by the Nodaway County, Mo., Sheriff's Department; the Maryville, Mo., Department of Public Safety; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Missouri State Highway Patrol; the Atchison County, Mo., Sheriff's Department; the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department; the Northwest Missouri Major Case Squad; and the Cameron, Mo., Police Department.
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