Montz is charged with the road rage killing of David C. Reynolds, 27, Carthage, Saturday during a confrontation on Route 249 in Joplin. He is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
Judge Gregory Stremel's statement about Montz came at the conclusion of a completely different kind of case. It was in response to Montz' request that he not have to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor child molestation charge.
In his guilty plea, Montz acknowledged that in 2012, he had sex with his girlfriend's 14-year-old sister.
According to the probable cause statement, Montz was unaware that the girl was 14.
"He thought she was 13 and at the time and he was 17."
The first time it happened, Montz said, he was helping the girl's father doing some work at their house.
When the father left to buy gas for the lawn mower, Montz and the girl had sex in the basement.
On the second occasion, Montz and a friend came to the house. Montz, his girlfriend, her sister, and the friend again went to the basement, where Montz had sex with the sister, in an area where they could not be seen by the other two because of a heating and air conditioning unit, according to the probable cause statement.
When Montz pleaded guilty April 22, 2015, Stremel sentenced him to six months in jail, suspended the sentence and placed him on unsupervised probation for two years, according to court records.
Montz successfully completed the unsupervised probation on April 22, 2017. On November 12, 2015, Stremel signed the document allowing Montz to avoid registering as a sex offender.
The document (shown in the photo) says, "The Court further finds that Petitioner is not a current or potential threat to public safety."