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Zachary Stanley Knows His Gun Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 30, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, ZACHARY STANLEY KNOWS HIS GUN, a 18-year-old resident of Lame Deer and an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. Sentencing has been set for August 29, 2012. He is currently detained.

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

On the evening of July 29, 2011, the victim was drinking with his nephew. At some point they met up with a third person and then, later, met up with KNOWS HIS GUN. All four drove to Soldier Gulch Road where they parked the car and continued to drink. The victim and KNOWS HIS GUN were in the back seat of the car. The third person had a knife with him.

Two of the individuals got out of the car, which left the victim and KNOWS HIS GUN in the car. The victim and KNOWS HIS GUN began to argue about who was tougher. KNOWS HIS GUN asked the third person for his knife and stabbed the victim in the neck and back. The victim got out of the car and was able to run away. The victim identified KNOWS HIS GUN as the assailant.

KNOWS HIS GUN was interviewed and admitted that he stabbed the victim to prove that he was tougher.

KNOWS HIS GUN 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.



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