A rapist identified by DNA a
generation after he attacked a young girl was sentenced to 35 years in prison
on the anniversary of the crime, prosecutors said Friday.
“Thank God she finally got
justice,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
Gregory Montgomery, 59, raped
Pamela King, 11, in the early morning hours of Halloween, 1989 after he slipped
into her family’s home.
She told police that she awoke to
a man holding his hand over her mouth and nose and then covering her head with
a pillow after threatening to kill her if she made a sound.
A sexual assault examination was
performed that day, but it was not until 2013 that the results were matched to
a DNA profile in law-enforcement database, identifying Montgomery as the girl’s
Montgomery, a Texas Department of
Criminal Justice prisoner, has been incarcerated since 1992 for other crimes,
including the rape of two other women.
This week, on Wednesday in Harris
County, he pled guilty to raping King and accepted a 35-year sentence.
King, now 40 gave a victim impact
statement at Montgomery’s sentencing during which spoke directly at her
“There’s no sentence for the
lifelong sentence that will forever be a part of my story. You are the reason
we are here today,” she said. “For 29 years, I have waited for this day...
October 31, 1989 is when this journey started and to you, Gregory Montgomery –
October 31, 2018 is where it will end.”
King is an Air Force veteran and
a sexual-assault victim’s advocate, is public about her ordeal.
“She’s advocated for so many
other women,” said Marsha Lockwood, a Harris County District Attorney’s Office
social worker. “It was an honor to advocate for her and walk her through this
Assistant District Attorney
Caroline Dozier, who prosecuted the case, it was fitting that he was sentenced
on the anniversary of his crime.
“He should always have to
remember the date she changed his life, just like 29 years ago, he changed
her,” she said.