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Crow Agency man admits assaulting woman on Crow Indian Reservation

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

BILLINGS — A Crow Agency man accused of punching a woman in the face admitted to an assault charge today, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

The defendant, Darek Paul Birdinground, 33, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury as charged in an indictment. Birdinground faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing was set for Aug. 14. Birdinground was detained pending further proceedings.

The government alleged in court documents that while investigating a separate, unrelated assault, the FBI learned in June 2023 of an assault that occurred on Jan. 21, 2023 in Crow Agency, on the Crow Indian Reservation. Agents with the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs learned that the victim, identified as Jane Doe, was driving a truck in Crow Agency when she saw an SUV coming up fast behind her, so she pulled over. Doe’s driver window was rolled down. Birdinground, the driver of the SUV, got out carrying a baseball bat and approached Doe. He was angry and asked Doe a question. Confused, Doe looked at a passenger and when she turned back toward Birdinground, he punched her in the left eye. Birdinground then used the baseball bat to break the windows of the truck. Doe suffered loss of vision in her eye.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is prosecuting the case. The FBI and BIA conducted the investigation.



Clair J. Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated April 17, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-98