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Man who shot a ATF agent during Dallas raid sentenced to 29 years today in federal court

Several federal agents were on hand Friday morning at the downtown Dallas federal courthouse to witness U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater sentence Gary “G-Bone” Montgomery, officials said.

Montgomery pleaded guilty in December to shooting Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent Don Veal of Metairie, La., during a gang roundup raid in September.

At 6 a.m. on Sept. 2, Veal and other agents were attempting to serve a warrant at Montgomery’s house on Hannah Way in the Rylie area of far southeast Dallas. The arrest was part of “Operation Greedy Grove,” which targeted violent gang members in Pleasant Grove and the Highland Hills area of Dallas who primarily trafficked in crack cocaine. Montgomery was associated with a gang in the Highland Hills area.

After agents announced themselves and tried to enter, Montgomery began firing a 9 mm pistol through the door. Veal was wearing body armor, but one round managed to go through the very bottom of his vest hitting him in the abdomen, officials said. He has recovered and is back at work, officials said.

Just before the raid that led to the shooting, Veal was among several ATF agents, all part of an elite national team that serves high-risk warrants, who were featured in a Houston Chronicle story describing their rigorous training at a Central Texas ranch.

On Friday, Montgomery received 29 years for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; 20 years for assault on a federal agent and 10 years for felon in possession of a firearm. Fitzwater ordered that the sentences run concurrently.

Montgomery, 39, who has five-month-old twins, has a long criminal history in Dallas County, officials say. In 2008 he was sentenced to three years in state prison for assault on a public servant for an attack on a Dallas police officer. He also has convictions for assault, driving with a suspended license, evading arrest, failure to identify and drug charges.

Here is a catalog of Montgomery’s most recent federal crimes:

Gary Montgomery factual resume

–Jason Trahan/Reporter

Source: Crime Blog

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