Pardoned killer Ozment found in Wyoming - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Pardoned killer Ozment found in Wyoming

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says investigators have found a convicted killer pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says investigators have found a convicted killer pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

(WMC-TV) - Pardoned Mississippi killer Joseph Ozment has been found. A DeSoto County jury convicted him of murder and sentenced him to life, but Ozment received a governor's pardon and the state attorney general has been looking for him since.

"My office has gotten several calls from concerned citizens wanting to know, 'Hey, do I need to worry about this guy being out in my community,'" said DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion.

Ozment was captured nearly 1,200 miles from DeSoto County in Laramie, WI, 214 miles from his fiance's house in Colorado Springs, CO.

Ozment was behind the wheel of his fiance's Mercedes Benz when state investigators tried to serve him his civil process. They say he sped away and almost ran them over. About 30 minutes later he returned and simply walked up to state investigators. He accepted the process and signed for it.

In the early 1990's, Ozment was convicted of murder for killing Ricky Montgomery during a convenience store hold up.

Though sentenced to life in prison, Ozment walked out a free man earlier this month after outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour granted him a pardon.

"As if nothing happened, as if my brother doesn't matter, as if the victims do not matter," Mary McAbee, Montgomery's sister, told Action News 5 earlier this month.

Montgomery's family is upset and state prosecutors are challenging the legality of the pardons in civil court.

"All of us are doing our very best to see that he returns to the penitentiary where he deserves to be," Champion said.

Ozment remains free, but the civil process requires he check in with the department of corrections every morning at 9 o'clock and appear in court on Friday.

The state attorney general released Ozment's wedding announcement Monday. Photos on the announcement show Ozment at the governor's mansion while he was a trustee, but not wearing his state issued green and white jumpsuit as required while at the mansion.

The Mississippi pardons case is scheduled to go before a judge in Jackson on Friday.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly