Billings man admits strangulation of woman on Crow Indian Reservation
BILLINGS – A Billings man accused of strangling a woman at a Crow Agency residence admitted assault charges today, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Sean Evan Thomas Bad Bear, 29, pleaded guilty to assault by strangulation of an intimate partner and dating partner. Bad Bear faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. Bad Bear was released pending further proceedings.
The prosecution said in court documents that the assault occurred on Feb. 19, 2019 at a Crow Agency residence on the Crow Indian Reservation. Bad Bear assaulted the victim and placed her in a choke hold. The victim lost consciousness because she could not breathe.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanne Torske is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI.