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Assaults on woman send Lame Deer man to prison for more than three years

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

BILLINGS — A Lame Deer man who admitted assaulting a dating partner and using a  baton to strike the victim on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation was sentenced today to three years and six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

The defendant, Curtis Leo Crazymule, 45, pleaded guilty in October 2023 to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a dating partner, assault of a dating partner by strangulation and assault with a dangerous weapon.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

The government alleged in court documents that Crazymule and the victim, identified as Jane Doe, were at times were in a romantic relationship in 2022. In December 2022, Crazymule, who was drunk, straddled and assaulted the victim as they sat in a parked car. Crazymule used his forearm to strangle the victim. Crazymule was mad because the victim had tried to take the keys from him. Earlier in the year, in January 2022, Crazymule assaulted Jane Doe with a baton, described as a collapsible police baton, by striking her on the head.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek prosecuted the case. The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs conducted the investigation.



Clair J. Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated February 15, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-48