DENVER -- A judge on Monday ordered a Colorado hunting guide accused of assaulting a police officer during the U.S. Capitol riot to be placed on house arrest following prosecutors say he violated the terms of his release by using a gun and shooting a mountain lion.
As per a movement filed by national prosecutors last week, Patrick Montgomery, 48, murdered the mountain lion throughout a March 31 hunt even though he had been ordered not to have some"illegal guns" while the charges against him related to the Jan. 6 riot are pending. After Montgomery reported that the kill to state wildlife officers as required by state law, a mandatory background check found that he wasn't supposed to have firearms because of a 1996 robbery conviction, the movement said.
Additionally, prosecutors say Montgomery illegally hunted a bobcat in January, allegedly using a slingshot to knock it from a tree and then allowing his dogs to kill it from violation state law. He's been charged with 2 counts of unlawful taking of a bobcat by Colorado authorities.
Montgomery's lawyer, Dani Jahn, didn't immediately return a call and an email seeking comment.
Prosecutors initially asked that Montgomery be convicted for violating the conditions of his release but later requested him to be put on home arrest with GPS monitoring after negotiating with the defense.
Monday's arrangement by U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss bars Montgomery from getting any firearms, including in his property, or by searching.
Montgomery was indicted on 10 charges in April, such as assaulting a police officer, engaging in physical violence and entering the Capitol building. He's accused of kicking the officer and then wrestling with him to attempt to grab his baton.