Man extradited from Mexico convicted in 2006 Galt murder case

A man who fled for Mexico and extradited to Sacramento was convicted in a 2006 Galt murder case.

In a jury trial that concluded last Friday at Sacramento Superior Court, Javier Montanez, Jr. was convicted of the second-degree murder of Clinton Poole. The jury also found true the special allegation that Montanez personally used a knife in the commission of the murder.

On January 6, 2006, Galt Police officers responded to a call of a fight involving over 30 people and found the victim deceased inside the entryway of his home. Witnesses told officers that the victim was standing on his front porch watching the riot in the street when a group of suspects, including Montanez, physically assaulted him on his front lawn.

After the fighting stopped, the victim was standing by his garage door when Montanez stabbed him in the chest, penetrating the victim’s heart. Montanez fled to Mexico and remained a fugitive until 2018 when U.S. authorities were notified that he had been located in Mexico. Montanez was then extradited in 2019 to face homicide charges in Sacramento County.

Montanez faces a maximum sentence of 16 years to life in prison. Sentencing is on August 20, 2021 before Judge Shelleyanne Chang.

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