'I'm ashamed of what I did,' armed robber tells man at sentencing

2013-09-17T07:15:00Z 2013-12-11T12:32:46Z 'I'm ashamed of what I did,' armed robber tells man at sentencingKRISTEN ZAMBO kristen.zambo@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE — A Tennessee man said he was ashamed of robbing a fellow gambler at gunpoint last fall after losing to that man throughout the night in a dice game.

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Charles Constantine on Monday sentenced Ricky Ricardo Cortez Montgomery, 30, of Memphis, Tenn., to 18 months in prison, four years on extended supervision and four years on probation. The two four-year terms will run concurrently.

Montgomery was charged last year after a man reported that Montgomery pulled a gun on him Oct. 16 during a dice game. The dice game was at a home in the 2200 block of Layard Avenue in Racine, according to Montgomery’s criminal complaint.

“I came to Racine to change my life and do what’s right by my fiancée. I not only wronged (the man) and broke the law, but failed my family,” Montgomery said during Monday’s sentencing hearing.

“I’m truly sorry for the upset and trouble I caused you,” Montgomery said while standing at the defense table, turning to speak directly to the man.

That man initially told police he gave Montgomery about $180 to $200 in cash after he won most of the evening while they were shooting dice with a third man, the complaint stated. Also reported stolen were two cellphones and a bottle of Suboxone, an opiate-based medication used to treat certain types of drug addiction.

But in court Monday, Racine County Deputy District Attorney Tricia Hanson said the man was robbed of $30 cash, and a cellphone earpiece, valued at $90, wasn’t returned.

Assistant State Public Defender Carl Johnson said Montgomery has spent about 11 months already jailed, and Constantine gave him credit for the time. That means Montgomery will serve about seven months behind bars.

“He’s got four years of (extended supervision) hanging over his head,” Constantine said, noting Montgomery previously served prison time in Tennessee.

The robbery victim attended Monday’s hearing but declined to speak during the sentencing.

Montgomery pleaded guilty Aug. 15 to theft and possession of a firearm by a felon charges.

He also apologized to his fiancée in court.

“I know how hard I have to fight to be the husband you desire,” he told her. “I have the desire to do right for my family and make amends for my past.”

Johnson said Montgomery wants to become a certified personal trainer. Hanson said Montgomery also admitted to smoking “30 blunts a day — that’s more than a pack of cigarettes a day.”

After the robbery that day, the man called his wife and she found Montgomery on Rapids Drive near Carlisle Avenue. There she confronted Montgomery, questioning why he robbed her husband, the complaint stated. As she called Racine police dispatchers, Montgomery slapped her and tried to hit the cellphone out of her hand, the complaint stated.

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  1. kevinsmom68
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    kevinsmom68 - September 17, 2013 11:32 pm
    whats with the slap on the wrist?
  2. stat68
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    stat68 - September 17, 2013 3:46 pm
    Well we, in the Black community really need to change our violent culture ,or we will become extinct by the justice system and illiterite by the education system here in Wisconsin
  3. JT fact checker
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    JT fact checker - September 17, 2013 9:07 am
    He'll have plenty of time to play dice for smokes now.
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