Not guilty plea to gun charges from Harmony Montgomery’s dad

April 6, 2022 GMT
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FILE - A poster of Harmony Montgomery, who has been missing since 2019, rests against a tree during a candlelight vigil, Feb. 12, 2022, at Bass Island Park, in Manchester, N.H. Adam Montgomery, father of Harmony, has been arrested on eight firearms theft-related charges from that year that are unrelated to her case, the attorney general's office said Monday, April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack, File)
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FILE - A poster of Harmony Montgomery, who has been missing since 2019, rests against a tree during a candlelight vigil, Feb. 12, 2022, at Bass Island Park, in Manchester, N.H. Adam Montgomery, father of Harmony, has been arrested on eight firearms theft-related charges from that year that are unrelated to her case, the attorney general's office said Monday, April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack, File)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The father of a New Hampshire girl who disappeared in 2019 at age 5 waived his arraignment Wednesday on eight new, unrelated firearms theft charges from that year, and his attorney entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Adam Montgomery, 32, is accused of stealing a rifle and a shotgun between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3 of 2019, receiving stolen property for retaining the weapons, being a felon in possessing the weapons and being “an armed career criminal” after having been convicted of at least three felonies.

Montgomery, of Manchester, has a criminal record that goes back at least to 2007. He’s been in jail since January in connection with a second-degree assault charge involving his daughter, Harmony Montgomery, accused of striking her in the face in July 2019. He’s pleaded not guilty to that charge and to misdemeanor charges of interference with custody and endangering the welfare of a child.

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A message was sent to his lawyer seeking comment on the new charges.

“There is no evidence of any connection between the stolen firearms and the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery,” Attorney General John Formella said in a news release on Monday.

Harmony has been missing since late 2019. Her stepmother, Kayla Montgomery, is scheduled for a court appearance Thursday on a charge accusing her of saying Harmony was a member of her household from that November to June 2, 2021, and that she received food stamp benefits for Harmony.