The Man Behind the Henning Confession - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

The Man Behind the Henning Confession


The man FOX13 sources say has confessed to the murders of two post office workers in Henning goes before a judge Friday morning. FOX13 finds out more about Chastain Montgomery Sr.’s background.

Chastain Montgomery Sr. is being held in Tipton County, but on unrelated charges. Montgomery showed up on the scene of a shooting Monday and has been in custody since.

Police aren't sure what led him and his now deceased son to Tipton County but court papers say they were found with dye stained money from a bank.

Bank robbery is one of 4 charges Montgomery is facing in Tipton. At this hour he has not been formally charged in the Henning case.

"I am relieved, happy someone is at least in custody," said Michael Bursey, the Mayor of Henning.

Bursey said there was a different feeling around town Thursday. He said word has gotten around about a reported confession in the case of two postal employees shot and killed last October.

The man FOX13 sources say has confessed to the crime is 47-year old Chastain Montgomery Sr. His grandfather is a former mayor of Henning. FOX13 went to Montgomery's mother's home in town but no one came to the door.

Montgomery has been in custody on separate charges since Monday. He was arrested after appearing on the scene of a shooting in mason. That's where his son, Chastain Montgomery Jr., was shot and killed by police.

Authorities say Montgomery Jr. had been stopped as a suspect in a Nashville area carjacking and after pulling over, he began shooting at police.

Montgomery is now facing four charges including tampering with evidence and resisting arrest in his son's shooting case.

FOX13 has now learned Montgomery Sr. is a state government employee on leave from Deberry Special Needs Facility in Nashville.

The TDOC said Montgomery Sr. has worked on and off for them since 1989. He began as a correctional officer at West TN Penn about 20 miles from downtown Henning.

The TDOC said Montgomery has worked at 4 different prisons around the state.

He also left the department of correction three times over the years to work for the Department of Children's Services as a youth services officer.

Sources said while in custody for charges relating to his son's case that he confessed to the Henning post office shootings.

33-year old Paula Robinson and 58-year old Judy Spray were both killed.

"A lot of people feel a little bit better that maybe there's a name, at least that they can look at," said Thomas.

Authorities aren't making the connection between Montgomery and the Henning case yet. He will appear in court at 11:00am on Friday.

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