Box Elder man admits to assaulting woman
GREAT FALLS – Box Elder resident Ryan John Gardipee on July 31 admitted to assaulting and injuring a woman during an argument that began while they were out for the evening and continued at a residence on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Gardipee, 23, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a dating partner. He faces a maximum five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided and set sentencing for Nov. 14, 2019. Gardipee is detained pending sentencing.
The prosecution said in court records that on Dec. 8, 2018, Gardipee, the victim and another person were out drinking at a casino and then went to another business. An argument began between Gardipee and the victim and continued after they returned to the casino. At one point, Gardipee and the victim began to drive to a residence. Gardipee grabbed the victim’s head as she was driving, and she slammed on the brakes. When the car began moving again, Gardipee jumped out and returned to the casino. Fearing that Gardipee may have injured himself, the victim returned to the casino and the two left together for the residence. On the drive, Gardipee again grabbed the victim’s head and yelled at her to drive to the residence. At the residence, Gardipee assaulted and strangled the victim.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI.