Montague's Parents Win Civil Suit
The case began when the defendants defrauded Sheri Montague of about $30,000 in the spring of 1999. Her parents filed their civil suit after Montague disappeared in June 1999. Her body has never been found. In May 2003, a federal grand jury indicted Rohrer, Rehmert and Wayne Jaegers for conspiracy to commit murder. The three men pleaded guilty that same year and went to prison.
"This was a stalled criminal investigation that wasn't going anywhere," said private investigator Joe Caufield.
Montague's mother, Alice Weeks, says the guilty men's sentences, all less than 30 years, aren't enough. So, she counted on her civil lawsuit to increase the penalty.
"It's a shame you have to go to this extent to get that punishment," she explained, "but we did."
Weeks does not expect to see the $15 million damage award, but the legal victory was important so she can move on.
"There was more closure at that time than there had been in the last six years," she added.
"As much as we can," said Montague's father, Roger, "it's time to put it behind us."
Montague's parents say they don't plan any other action. They also don't expect Missouri to charge the men with murder, because they're already in prison on federal charges.