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Victim's sister angry after Ozment's Miss. pardon

Joseph Ozment was pardoned and released from prison this month. He didn't have to check in with anyone, but Mississippi authorities wanted to find him after the state's attorney general questioned the pardons. Joseph Ozment was pardoned and released from prison this month. He didn't have to check in with anyone, but Mississippi authorities wanted to find him after the state's attorney general questioned the pardons.

(WMC-TV) – Joseph Ozment was pardoned and released from prison this month. He didn't have to check in with anyone, but Mississippi authorities wanted to find him after the state's attorney general questioned the pardons. Now the sister of Ozment's victim hopes he returns to Mississippi and goes back to prison.

"I'm scared," said Mary McAbee, whose brother was killed by Ozment. "I was scared up to the point until they found him."

McAbee couldn't believe it when she found out her brother's killer had been pardoned by outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.

"It was one of the most shocking things I've heard besides the night they called me and told me he had been murdered," she said.

Making matters even worse, Ozment had not been seen since his release January 8, when his mother picked him up.

McAbee's brother Ricky Montgomery was shot and killed during a robbery almost 20 years ago at a DeSoto County store where he worked.

McAbee said her brother begged Ozment to help him after Ozment's accomplice shot him.

"He just put a gun to his head and shot him," she said. "It's cold blooded."

Investigators served Ozment with papers in his hotel room in Wyoming. He fled in his girlfriend's car but later returned.

"At this point, there's not anything that is going to surprise me," said McAbee.

Ozment's wedding announcement features a photo of him and his girlfriend taken in front of the governor's mansion where Ozment worked as a trustee before his pardon.

McAbee said it makes her angry to think that her brother's killer will have the chance to get married, have children and lead a normal life.

She said she knows what she wants to happen to Joseph Ozment.

"I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison," she said.

McAbee plans be in Jackson, MS,for Joseph Ozment's hearing. If Ozment does not show up, he can be held in contempt.

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