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John George Enick Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 29, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JOHN GEORGE ENICK, a 23-year-old resident of Crow Agency and an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Sentencing has been set for March 29, 2012. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On June 4, 2011, the victim was assaulted by ENICK on the Crow Indian Reservation while they were at ENICK's cousin's home, and during an altercation on Dunmore Road while the victim and ENICK were traveling to ENICK's grandmother's home. The victim stated that her jaw had been broken, in two places, by ENICK, who was her boyfriend at the time. The victim indicated that ENICK assaulted her after he became belligerent while he was drinking. The victim explained that her jaw was wired shut and she was placed on a liquid diet. The victim complained that she has not been able to get more than two hours rest since the incident as she is in extreme physical pain.

ENICK was interviewed by an FBI agent on June 21, 2011. Although ENICK indicated that he did not remember much of what happened on June 4, 2011, because he had been drinking heavily, he stated to the agent, "it is all my fault, I didn't mean it." At the conclusion of the interview, ENICK admitted to breaking the victim's jaw.

ENICK faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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



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