Eric Lee Many Guns Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 13, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, ERIC LEE MANY GUNS, a 33-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Sentencing has been set for December 18, 2012. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
ERIC LEE MANY GUNS, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe, assaulted C.A.S.E. inside a house located within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation on or about February 1, 2012. He punched her several times in the face, resulting in a significantly torn lip. She ultimately broke free and ran out the door to a neighbor's house. The treating physician described the victim's lip as "flapping in the breeze," requiring multiple suture to repair.
MANY GUNS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Blackfeet Law Enforcement.