Louie Bearchild Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 20, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, LOUIE BEARCHILD, a 25-year-old resident of Browning and an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Sentencing has been set for March 25, 2013. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On May 31, 2012, the victim went to a friend's residence is in Browning which is within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Various other individuals were present, including BEARCHILD. Everyone sat down at the residence to watch a basketball game. BEARCHILD was drinking vodka while sitting in a chair across from the victim.
Everything seemed normal. But then, BEARCHILD rose from his chair, pulled out a knife, and began stabbing the victim. BEARCHILD stabbed the victim in the left torso twice. He then stabbed the victim once in the underside of the victim's left arm. BEARCHILD stopped when the owner of the residence yelled at him. BEARCHILD then ran.
After being stabbed three times, the victim was carried outside. The victim screamed, "I'm gonna die. Call my dad." The victim was transported to the hospital where medical staff inserted a chest tube to allow the left lung to drain. The victim was then transported to the Intensive-Care Unit in Great Falls.
BEARCHILD 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.