Jury Sentences Local Man Found Guilty Of Murder

After five hours of deliberation, jurors decided on a sentence for a local man convicted of murder in a deadly shooting.

Cliffton Sivad Montague (Killeen police photo)

BELTON (March 28, 2014) A state district court jury in Belton sentenced Clifton Sivad Montague to life in prison late Friday evening.

It took jurors about five hours to decide on the sentence.

While the victim's mother was reading a statement after the verdict was announced, Montague tried to leave the court room and had to be subdued by court officers.

Montague was found guilty earlier Friday after jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes.

Clifton Sivad Montague was charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the Oct. 11, 2012 shooting death of LaTerrance Dashaun Newsom.

Newsom was found shot to death just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 11 at an apartment in the 3200 block of Hereford Lane in Killeen.

Investigators determined he was visiting the apartment when he and another man began to argue.

The argument turned physical and the other man pulled a handgun and shot Newsom to death.

A pathologist testified he later found eight gunshot wounds during the autopsy and said Newsom was shot twice in the back.

Montague was arrested in the 400 block of South 2nd Street in Killeen, a day after police issued a public appeal for information about his whereabouts.

He’s also charged with assault on a public servant stemming from an incident on Nov. 27, 2012 in the Bell County Jail in Belton.

The jail guard involved told officers that inmates were being escorted from one area of the jail to a recreation area when Montague and other inmates became irate that some inmates might be left behind, an affidavit said.

The affidavit said Montague threatened the guard and then punched the guard in the face.

Other pending charges against Montague will likely be dismissed because of the life sentence, defense attorneys said.

Montague plans to appeal his conviction.


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