Due to recent tragic circumstances we find ourselves catching up with a few stories we missed. Actually, we didn’t miss them. We just haven’t felt much like spending the time lately.
First up is the September 7th murder of taxi driver Charles Montgomery. Dyquann Mathey and Michael Kenneth Moore, Jr. have been arrested for that crime.
Moore has no adult history. Not surprising considering he just turned 17 on the 6th of September. He decided to celebrate his advent into adulthood by robbing and murdering someone who was working for a living.
Moore is charged with Murder, Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm During a Violent Crime and Possession of Crack Cocaine. Bond was set at $50,000 on the crack charge and $100,000 on the weapons charge. No bond was set for the murder and armed robbery charges.
Moore allegedly gave a statement to police admitting culpability in the robbery and killing of Montgomery, but changed his tune in bond court where he said he was not responsible. He then apologized for the crime to the family members of his victim. Let’s hope he gets sent to prison where he can do the funky felon flip flop to his cellmate’s content.
Dyquan Mathey is another story entirely. He committed his latest crime while free on several bonds for pending charges and while on probation.
That probation must be a remnant of some juvenile charge. We could not find any sentence of probation in his adult record.
Let’s review Mathey’s history in the 9th Circuit.
PWID Crack - Reduced to Possession by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge Roger Young to 53 days time served.
Kidnapping - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Strong Arm Robbery - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
As we have seen time after time the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s concept of plea deals is extremely warped. She likes to dismiss the most serious charges in exchange for a guilty plea to the least serious charge which she then reduces even further.
2013 Charges (pending):
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - Released by Judge Linda Lombard on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
Note that it appears no one bothered to file a violation of probation for this arrest.
2014 Charges (pending):
Possession of Crack 1st Offense - (really?) - Free on another $10,000 personal recognizance bond set by Judge Linda Lombard.
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - Free on another $10,000 personal recognizance bond set by Judge Linda Lombard.
Note there is no entry to indicate anyone bothered to file a violation of probation for this arrest, either.
While free on three P.R. bonds and probation Mathey was arrested again in July.
1st Degree Burglary - free on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Linda Lombard.
Criminal Domestic Violence of a High & Aggravated Nature - free on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Linda Lombard.
Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime - free on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Linda Lombard.
The reader should note there is no indication that this arrest led anyone to file a violation of probation charge against Mathey.
Now, go back through that information and count how many shots you think the solicitor, a sentencing judge, a bond judge or the folks over at probation and parole had of keeping Mathey behind bars and taxi driver Charles Montgomery bullet free and breathing. Go ahead, we’ll wait………Feel free to post your answer in the comments.
Mathey is now charged with Murder and Armed Robbery. No bond was set. No probation violation has been filed yet relative to these latest charges. Of course, now that he’s in jail with no bond on a murder charge, what’s the rush?
Mathey does like showing off his ill-gotten gains, though.
In other news the incorrigible Devante Pittman has been arrested again. Local folks will remember Pittman as the thug who got into a fight with a CCSO deputy after grabbing him and suffered a chipped tooth. That led to the deputy losing his job and Pittman and his attorney, Lionel Lofton, sharing a $250,000 jackpot courtesy of taxpayers. Since that time Pittman has been arrested multiple times. His latest arrest on charges of Possession of Cocaine got him a $10,000 bond. He probably used some of his taxpayer money to bond out again.
Here is a listing of Pittman’s charges since 2013. All are still pending. Note the failures to appear and the fact bench warrants had to be issued.
Another curious note about Pittman’s troubles with the law. If you examine the records above you will find that shortly after Lionel Lofton banked his 33% of the $250,000 settlement he bailed out as Pittman’s attorney. Kind of reminds of us an old song by the Steve Miller Band, Take the Money and Run.
Then there is Timothy Jones, Jr. of Lexington County who is charged with killing his five children and dumping their bodies on a dirt road in Alabama.
This case brings another massive hit to DSS in South Carolina who had been involved with the family on at least three occasions. Jones’ father, commenting on his son’s criminal history in Illinois which included prison time as a result of convictions for burglary, auto theft, forgery and drug possession, said his son had “made a mistake” when he was younger. We can’t help but wonder what the family will call this latest crime. A slip-up? A minor error in judgement?