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Montana Man Sentenced To 57 Months Imprisonment For Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

Spokane – Today, Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Patrick Allen Pierre, III, age 33, of Pablo, Montana, was sentenced for the crime of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury after pleading guilty in April, 2013. Senior United States District Court Judge Justin L. Quackenbush sentenced Pierre to a 57-month term of imprisonment and a three-year term of court supervision following release from Federal prison. Pierre has been in Federal custody since May, 2013.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Pierre admitted that, on January 3, 2013, he struck a woman in the head multiple times with the butt of pistol at a residence in Wellpinit, Washington, which is located within the Spokane Indian Reservation. The female victim sustained serious injuries from Pierre's assault, including serious lacerations. She required medical care at a hospital in Spokane, Washington. Pierre is an enrolled member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes (Flathead Reservation) and the victim is an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians.

Michael C. Ormsby said: "Investigating and prosecuting violent crimes that occur on any of the four Indian Reservation within the Eastern District of Washington are a priority for Federal law enforcement agents and the United States Attorney's Office. Serious assaults, like the one that occurred in this case, will not be tolerated. Violent offenses will be investigated thoroughly and the perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted aggressively."

This investigation was conducted by the Spokane Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Timothy J. Ohms and James A. Goeke, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.


Updated January 29, 2015