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Cleveland Heights Man Is Sentenced To 30 Years To Life In Prison For Aggravated Murder

James Montgomery was convicted of stabbing David Fraser

A Cleveland Heights man was sentenced to 30 years to life on a count of aggravated murder Wednesday.

James Montgomery, 25, had pleaded guilty to the murder charge on January 10 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Janet Burnside's court.

On December 22, 2011, the victim, 49-year-old David Fraser, of Cleveland, was stabbed to death in his apartment on Lake Avenue.

Fraser's television, wallet and cell phone were missing.

DNA found in the Fraser's apartment matched Montgomery, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. Consequently, Montgomery was arrested Feb. 8, 2012.

Montgomery has a criminal record. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated robbery in 2007 in Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas.

The judge sentenced him to four years in prison. He was on parole for these crimes when he murdered Fraser.

Sport February 10, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Dave and Nate (May I call you that?): Church helps some people, I am told, and that is nice. I respect that. Many of my friends are Churchgoers. What bugs me are those that go to Church every Sunday and ask for "forgiveness for their sins," and then go and commit the same sins the next week. They are hypocrites. Maybe this man did go to Church regularly. (or Temple- he could be Jewish; people keep forgetting about us. I am a "good NON-Christian;" not a rare breed.)
Dave February 11, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Interesting. The church comment is upsetting to many but no reaction about him possibly coming from a fatherless home. So y'all agree with that statement?
Sport February 12, 2013 at 05:32 AM
He could have come from a fatherless home. Or a home with a father who paid no attention to him. Or a home with a father and no mother. Kids are not always easy to raise, and it is better for them to have 2 parents together, to raise them.* That doesn't mean that one parent can't do a great job, though. Again, I know many single parents who did a great job with their kids, outside the Church. They came home tired from work, and still found time to READ to their kids, and supervise homework. They went to parent-teacher conferences, and supported the teachers. They set limits. They hugged their kids. They did struggle, but they also sacrificed for their kids. The children of my single-parent friends have managed to grow up and be good law-abiding citizens. (* 2 parents incl. 2 of the same gender)
Dave February 12, 2013 at 08:14 PM
What's worse? Not recycling or killing someone.
elizabeth February 26, 2013 at 07:26 PM
30 years seems harsh, the murder may have taken place after a illegal entry made by the above person in question , it is not uncommon in high crime rate areas for such events of aftermeurth to occur, and to go on one string of DNA is inconclusive, and stronger evidance has to be submitted to the courts for the sentance to stand firm.

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