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Deanna Marie Blackman Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on March 17, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DEANNA MARIE BLACKMAN, a 24-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Sentencing is set for June 8, 2009. She is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On June 22, 2007, the female victim was at a residence in Browning. BLACKMAN came into the residence and began arguing and fighting with the victim. BLACKMAN grabbed the victim's crutches and hit her in the face and head with a crutch.

The victim was taken to the hospital in Browning and was treated for her injuries. The treating physician stated that the victim's injuries constituted "serious bodily injury" under federal law because of 1) "extreme physical pain" and 2) "protracted and obvious disfigurement."

BLACKMAN faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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