Wonderful news, just wonderful!
By Associated Press
December 20, 2013
A three-judge panel of the court unanimously granted Johnathan Montgomery’s petition for a writ of actual innocence Friday, saying there was no evidence to support his conviction after his accuser admitted lying.
was convicted in 2009 of forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and animate
object sexual penetration — based solely on ’s testimony. Elizabeth Paige
Coast eventually confessed to lying and was sentenced in August to two months in jail for perjury, paving the way for
“Absent Coast’s original testimony, the record contains no evidence of
’s guilt,” the
appeals court said. “There are no witnesses who testified that the incident
ever occurred. There is no physical evidence that a crime ever happened. The
record is entirely devoid of any evidence that incriminates Montgomery .” Montgomery
“Securing the petition of actual innocence will allow him to celebrate the holidays with his family as a free man,” Talotta said.
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