The murderer of Raquel Montgomery has pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree but only received a 12-year sentence for the murder.
Carlton R. A. Williamson, 34, pleaded guilty to three charges related to the February 2018 incident that resulted in Montgomery’s shooting death: Murder second degree (felony murder); conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance; and armed criminal action.
According to court documents, a mutual connection between Williamson and Montgomery arranged for the two to meet so Montgomery could buy meth. While the meeting took place on East Blaine in Springfield, Montgomery displayed a gun, which resulted in Williamson pulling his own gun and firing two shots into Montgomery. The outdoor shooting took place in front of children.
Under Missouri’s laws for felony murder, a defendant is guilty if another person is killed during the commission of another felony, even if the defendant did not intent to kill the victim. In this case, Williamson was committing the felony of conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance at the time of the shooting.
Under a plea agreement approved by Judge David Jones, Williamson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years for the murder conviction. He received sentences of 10 years for the conspiracy charge and three years for armed criminal action. The murder charge is considered a “dangerous felony” which means 85% of the sentence must be served before parole.
Second degree murder, a class A felony, under state law could bring a 10-30 year sentence or life in prison.
Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson noted in a press statement the Williamson conviction is the second felony murder conviction related to drugs this year. Tommy Morris was found guilty of second degree murder earlier this year in the death of Dana Sowards and is facing life in prison when he is sentenced on March 27, 2020.