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91-year-old pleads guilty to domestic violence charges

By: Staff Report
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A 91-year-old Roseville man is expected to spend the next six months in jail for allegedly trying to kill his wife. Claude Montgomery pleaded guilty Friday to charges of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal injury to a spouse and making criminal threats. Montgomery was arrested in October for reportedly trying to fatally stab his 78-year-old wife. Montgomery will receive six months in jail followed by four years on formal probation when he returns for sentencing on Feb.3. As part of a plea deal with the Placer County District Attorney's Office, Montgomery will be allowed to move to the Bay Area with relatives after serving 180 days in custody, according to Art Campos, District Attorney's Office spokesman. Prosecutor Jim Deslaurier said the investigation and the unique circumstances of the case led to an agreement that allows Montgomery to plead to the charge of felony assault but it will not count as a strike on his criminal record. Instead, Montgomery will have misdemeanor charges on his record for corporal injury and making criminal threats. Charges of attempted murder were dismissed. Montgomery is being held in the Placer County Jail in Auburn on $100,000 bail.