Happy Ridge Murder
no doubt

Lynchburg, VA

#22 Nov 19, 2010
Wow!
Jon W wrote:
http://www.enquirer.com/editio ns/2002/06/30/loc_kentucky_dig est.html
The brief story is about half-way down the page and the article is titled "Teen indicted as adult in shooting death".
GREENUP A teenager was indicted by a Greenup County grand jury as an adult in the shooting death of a federal prison employee at his home last year.
Larry Curtis Clifton, 17, of Flatwoods, could face a death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Monte Montgomery, 40, at his Happy Ridge home.
Mr. Clifton, who is lodged without bond in an undisclosed juvenile detention center in eastern Kentucky, also was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, three counts of theft by unlawful taking, abuse of a corpse and first-degree sodomy.
Mr. Clifton, who turned 17 this month, will be arraigned at 2 p.m. July 10 before Greenup Circuit Judge Lewis Nichols.
Wesley H. Meeks, 41, of Flatwoods, was indicted in November on the same charges and also faces a possible death sentence if convicted.
Mr. Montgomery, a budget analyst at the Federal Correctional Institution at Summit, was shot five times in the head when he walked in on a burglary at his home in October, according to a state police report.
Jon W

Huntington, WV

#23 Nov 19, 2010
http://orig.courier-journal.com/localnews/200...

This follow-up story is at the top of the page titled "Ex-Fairview High star sentenced to 35 years".

A judge sentenced a former star high school athlete convicted of manslaughter in a shooting during a burglary to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Greenup Circuit Judge Lewis Nicholls followed the jury's sentencing recommendation for Wesley Meeks, 43, of Flatwoods. Nicholls said Thursday he will ask the Kentucky Department of Corrections to deny Meeks early release.

"The sentence was not what we think is just for a home invasion, but we think this adds a big dose of sanity to this case," said Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Duvall, who had sought a murder conviction and death sentence.

Instead, Meeks was convicted May13 of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree burglary and theft. The jury recommended the maximum sentence for the charges, but because two were considered nonviolent, Meeks could have been eligible for parole in 18 years, with credit for time served.

Meeks was accused of shooting Monte A. Montgomery, a budget analyst at the Federal Correctional Institute in Summit, when he returned to his rural Happy Ridge home during a burglary on Oct.24, 2001.

During his trial, Meeks blamed all the crimes except theft on Larry Curtis Clifton, 18, of Flatwoods, who has been charged with Montgomery's murder. Clifton is scheduled to stand trial in the fall.

Meeks played football, basketball and baseball at Fairview High School more than 20 years ago.
so then

Georgetown, KY

#24 Nov 19, 2010
what happend to Larry Curtis Clifton
Anon

Nicholasville, KY

#27 Nov 19, 2010
wow awesome thank you. I bow before your superior googling skills. I looked and could never find anything.
Jon W

Huntington, WV

#28 Nov 19, 2010
Anon wrote:
wow awesome thank you. I bow before your superior googling skills. I looked and could never find anything.
Not a problem man...
Jon W

Huntington, WV

#29 Nov 19, 2010
KENTUCKY---state to seek death penalty against juvenile

Death penalty sought against teen charged with murder

The state will seek the death penalty for a 17-year-old Flatwoods
resident charged with the Oct. 24 shooting death of a federal prison
employee.

Greenup Commonwealth's Attorney Clifford Duvall filed a notice Thursday
to seek the death penalty for Larry Curtis Clifton. In the same case,
which involves the murder of Monte Montgomery, Duvall filed a motion in
February to seek the death penalty for Wesley H. Meeks, 41, also of
Flatwoods.

Montgomery, 40, was shot 5 times in the head when he walked in on a
burglary at his Happy Ridge home, according to a Kentucky State Police
report.

When defense attorney Tom Griffiths said Clifton would not be entering a
plea Thursday afternoon because Griffiths planned to challenge the
jurisdiction of the court, Greenup Circuit Judge Lewis Nicholls entered a
plea of not guilty for Clifton.

The teen-ager initially was charged as a juvenile, but Greenup District
Judge Robert Conley ruled that Clifton would be tried as an adult if
indicted by a Greenup County grand jury.

A grand jury indicted Clifton in June on a charge of 1st-degree murder,
1st-degree burglary, 3 counts of theft by unlawful taking, abuse of a
corpse and 1st-degree sodomy. Meeks was indicted in November on the same
charges.

No trial date has been set. Meeks is lodged in the Greenup County
Detention Center. Clifton has been lodged in a juvenile detention center
in Newport.

Nicholls set a pre-trial conference and bond hearing for 2 p.m. Oct. 17.

Duvall told Nicholls that he strongly opposed any bond for Clifton.
Meeks, who pleaded not guilty to all charges in December, is being held
on no bond.

The murder charge warrants the death penalty because the murder was
committed during a 1st-degree burglary of Montgomery's residence, Duvall
said.

It also is warranted because the murder was committed for the purpose of
receiving money and because it was committed while Clifton was engaged in
1st-degree sodomy, Duvall wrote in his notice.

"I elected to seek the death penalty after long deliberation," Duvall
said. "I wanted to do the right thing and every ounce of me indicates I
did the right thing."

Montgomery, a budget analyst at the Federal Correctional Institution at
Summit, was shot when he went home to check on a kitten he and his wife
had bought for their 5-year-old daughter.

State troopers arrested Meeks and Clifton on alcohol intoxication charges
near Montgomery's home shortly after the shooting. They were in
Montgomery's sport utility vehicle, which was wrecked.

source: The Daily Independent, Aug. 23

That's what I have on Clifton...I'll look into it more and see if I can find the charges. If they are pushing for a death penalty those usually take awhile to go through....
info

Ashland, OH

#30 Nov 21, 2010
As I posted before - He got 5 years for unlawful taking 999 years and 99 days for murder-20 years first degree burglary - 10 years for second degree burglary - 5 years for abuse of a corpse. He is currently being held at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex.
AMs

Pickerington, OH

#31 Jan 26, 2011
ANON wrote:
ANyone have a link for this news story? It happened several years ago by and man and his mentally challenged son. I believe the man was a prison guard. Please complete this story for me.
Oh yeah I read someone said the last name was meeks but not sure.
First of all Wesley Meeks was not mentally challenged and was not a druggie I know this to be a fact because he is my dad. You people really need to think about stuff before you go discussing issues that are false. He did not sodomize anyone Curtis Cliffton admitted in court he did it and confesed he was the one who shot and killed this poor man. I was present and where you people get your stories is beyond me. Monte Montgomery's family arent the only ones suffering from this. How would you feel if people were saying such things about your dad, someone you love? It doesnt justify what he did but his family was affected by this too. How dare you people!!!
tucky

Brooklyn, NY

#32 Jun 24, 2011
death wrote:
Wes meeks was a drunk for years and then had moved on to durgs . They were robbing the house and monty montgomery walked in on them ,he had come by to check on the familys new kitten. Both men should of been taken to the woods and shot for all they put that man and his family through.
. Yea wes was a drunk and did a few maybe more than normale nerve pills and sober or drunk he couldn't hold his hands straight to shoot anyone five time in the same place. Montgomery was gay and was messing around with larry and larry was goin turn mongomery in and then they got into a fight and larry left the house and picked up wes and took him back to the house in the first paper they found wes in the car then the second paper for it the cops say they found him in the house and had litlle to none figerprints and no gun powder on his hands the larry admitted to it all so they have wes doing all that time behind bars when all he did was get in the car to go get a six packs and some cigs. Talking about the wrong place at the wrong time huh!!
tucky

Brooklyn, NY

#33 Jun 24, 2011
AMs wrote:
<quoted text>
First of all Wesley Meeks was not mentally challenged and was not a druggie I know this to be a fact because he is my dad. You people really need to think about stuff before you go discussing issues that are false. He did not sodomize anyone Curtis Cliffton admitted in court he did it and confesed he was the one who shot and killed this poor man. I was present and where you people get your stories is beyond me. Monte Montgomery's family arent the only ones suffering from this. How would you feel if people were saying such things about your dad, someone you love? It doesnt justify what he did but his family was affected by this too. How dare you people!!!
. I am his son and didn't post this but it is true and I dnt feel sorry for there family cause they are blamming an innocent man to a lot of years because he left work to sleep with larry and it all went south they fought and ended up killing him and he went and picked up wes and drove him therewhen he was drunk. They he was checkning on cats lol yea that's there story because he worked for them.
real talk

Brooklyn, NY

#34 Jun 24, 2011
First of all went home to check on cats yea good cover up. Montgomery was having sexual acts with larry and larry was going to tell and they got into a fight which led to the shooting and others. Larry got scared left the house picked up the intoxicated wes to take him to the store for cigs. and more alcohol but drove back to the house where the first paper said wes was outside and then changed it on the second paper he was in the house. Wes did nerve pills so he couldn't hold a gun straight on them or sober. So gun powder on wes negative teeth marks negative. So larry admitted to all of it. So the cover up story on checking on cats which is a funny one landed wes in prison till 2031 and wes didn't even get to go to his parents funerals. I admit wes was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But you need to get your stories straight. I feel sorry for wes being mixed up in montgomerys and larrys fling.
i kno.

Ashland, KY

#35 Jun 25, 2011
If he was going to have sex with cliffton why was his wife in the car and why when friends/neighbors pulled up after seeing the 2 on private property and asking them to leave was his wife in the car waiting on him to come back out from checking the house because it looked as though someone had forced there way in?
get the facts

Littlefield, TX

#36 Jun 25, 2011
you all dont know all the facts . so stop talking about it . THEY KILLED Him and Monty is gone so drop it .....
real talk

Brooklyn, NY

#37 Jun 26, 2011
[QUOTE who="i kno. "]If he was going to have sex with cliffton why was his wife in the car and why when friends/neighbors pulled up after seeing the 2 on private property and asking them to leave was his wife in the car waiting on him to come back out from checking the house because it looked as though someone had forced there way in?[/QUOTE]. No monty's toyota sequia was found wrecked with stolen goods in it by his house which is how they found wes there first and got him with unlawful taking which that was true but to clean it up more because wes was so out of it they swiched stories on saying he was in the house with larry cause to make the trial easier and fast because it was one of there own. I have both of the papers it made no since they just rushed it b4 anyone found the real truth to save his name so no wife was there neighbors say the wrecked car which what brought the cops.
real talk

Brooklyn, NY

#38 Jun 30, 2011
No his wife wasn't there montys toyota sequia was found wrecked and the neighbors called a wrecker and the driver of the wrecker saw blood on larrys hands and he called the cops which larry told the intoxicated wes to stay in the car while he talked to the cops and told his story which wes had no clue. Then the cops seen that the truck was stolen and that's when they went to the house and they found monty dead. I'm telling you him and larry was sexually involved and they fought because larry was going to tell and was under age. Wes just was in the wrong place at the wrong time drunk like it was new years they said he was so drunk he was falling out of the passengers seat. But he was a correctional goverment worker there goin to save his name and rush it through the courts and sentence everyone. I think wes should have just been charged for the stuff in the truck but he don't work for the goverment so he gets screwed larry is fruity so he is in heaven.
real talk

Brooklyn, NY

#39 Jul 15, 2011
get the facts wrote:
you all dont know all the facts . so stop talking about it . THEY KILLED Him and Monty is gone so drop it .....

Dropping it is easy but u have the same answer as the courts did they didn't have much facts so the rushed it and dropped it before they really got the facts like I'm telling you what I am saying is the truth and it sucks but its true
i kno

Ashland, KY

#40 Jul 16, 2011
They didn't rush anything. Some of my family were whitness' and they went to court for several years after it happened!
real talk

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Jul 16, 2011
i kno wrote:
They didn't rush anything. Some of my family were whitness' and they went to court for several years after it happened!
Yea so did I the puplic defender didn't use all the witness and where wes was so messed up that night they didn't even believe him. It would suck to do 31 years for someones love affair goes wrong that's what they dnt knw secrets are out they have been out all they have to do is ask larry.
str8talk

Wagoner, OK

#42 Jul 16, 2011
It's sad that they aren't both on death row or six feet under. I would pop a cap in either one of them, or both, and never have the slightest bit of guilt.
str8talk

Wagoner, OK

#43 Jul 16, 2011
real talk wrote:
<quoted text>
Yea so did I the puplic defender didn't use all the witness and where wes was so messed up that night they didn't even believe him. It would suck to do 31 years for someones love affair goes wrong that's what they dnt knw secrets are out they have been out all they have to do is ask larry.
You Bozo...there wasn't anything else to know...it was a robbery and Monty came home and surprized them, and they murdered him in cold blood and desecrated his corpse. Don't desecrate him any more by starting your idiotic rumours.

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