Tri States Public Radio Staff
Tue June 25, 2013
Restitution Agreement for Hoax 911 Call
A single phone call will cost a 25-year old man more than $12,000.
Alvin Montgomery has agreed to a plea deal that requires him to pay restitution for the police response to a hoax 911 call at 509 West Murray Street in Macomb in early March.
Police surrounded the house after a woman called the 911 dispatch center and claimed a man was there with a gun. Authorities were on the scene for five hours before they determined no one was in the house.
The call was made from Montgomery’s phone, and he was arrested the next day. Police have not been able to identify the woman whose voice is heard on the call.
Montgomery will be required to cover the cost of the following bills:
Illinois State Police: $7,868.41, which includes the cost of a tactical response team.
The Macomb Police Department: $2,406.55.
The Office of Public Safety at Western Illinois University: $1,384.56.
The McDonough County Sheriff’s Department: $1,032.39.
That adds up to a total to $12,691.91. Montgomery will pay $50 per month in July, August, and September, then return to court on October 4 for a review of the restitution and payment issues.
Montgomery was also sentenced to 180 days in the county jail, which he has already served due to day-to-day credit; he will submit a DNA sample to the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department and pay the $250 fee for it; and he will pay a fine to the Violent Crime Victims Compensation Act.
In addition, he has been ordered to stay away from 509 West Murray Street and its resident, John Briggins.
Montgomery had faced a maximum of three years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000, and a mandatory supervised released of one year.
He pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and waived his right to a jury trial. The agreement was signed by Judge Bill Poncin.
Bill Tops $12,000