Montgomery plea-taking, sentencing scheduled for Oct. 8
Clay Central-Everly's former superintendent is set to appear in District 3 court on Oct. 8 for a plea-taking and sentencing relating to a class C felony charge of first-degree theft filed Feb. 8.
According to court documents, Monte Montgomery, 49, of Royal, is set to plea guilty "pursuant to the plea agreement as reached by the parties."
Clay County Attorney Mike Houchins said the author of a Department of Corrections pre-sentence investigation -- that considers conditions such as education, personal background, criminal history and risk to the public -- has recommended probation.
"We're going to be following that recommendation, but I believe he is going to be asking for a deferred judgement," Houchins said, noting the judge handling the case will make that determination.
Montgomery's attorney Randall Sease declined to offer specifics.
"It would be inappropriate for me to comment at this point while the case is pending," he said. "I need to make my arguments to a judge and not the media."
Montgomery is facing the charge following an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation report that detailed nearly $103,000 of improper or unsupported disbursements from the school district's budget -- including nearly $48,000 in misappropriations -- between July 1, 2005 and Nov. 30, 2010. He is accused of improperly using the district's credit card for nearly $42,000 in disbursements.
Montgomery resigned Nov. 22, 2010, when confronted with a request for verification of questionable charges on the district's credit card. At that time, he acknowledged using the card inappropriately and communicated his desire and intention to make full restitution to the district. District officials have since cashed a $25,000 check from Montgomery for that purpose.