Browning Man Convicted of Assault
GREAT FALLS – Yesterday, Seivert Daydrill Running Crane, 30, of Browning, was convicted of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Running Crane was convicted by a Great Falls jury following a two-day trial. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris presided over the trial. Sentencing has been set for August 18, 2016.
Eye witnesses testified that on May 29, 2015, the victim in the case was in a fight with Running Crane’s co-defendant. Running Crane joined the altercation by punching the victim in the back of the head causing the victim to lose consciousness and fall to the ground in a sitting position. According to one witness, Running Crane then kicked the victim in the face “like a football.” Multiple witnesses testified that after the victim fell to the ground, both Running Crane and his co-defendant continued to punch and kick the victim in the head.
The victim was transported to the emergency room in Browning, Montana and then was life-flighted to Kalispell for additional treatment. The victim suffered bleeding inside his brain, facial contusions and lacerations, and a hemorrhage in his left eye. The victim remained in the ICU for two days. The victim testified at trial that he continues to suffer from dizzy spells and flashes on the sides of his eyes.
This case was investigated by the Blackfeet Law Enforcement and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Danna Jackson and Jeffrey Starnes.