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Harlem man admits assault crime for drive-by shooting of residence on Fort Belknap Indian reservation

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

GREAT FALLS — A Harlem man accused of shooting an occupied house in Fort Belknap Agency on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation admitted to an assault crime today, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Tyree Daniel Doney, 21, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. Doney faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing was set for Oct. 15. Doney was released pending further proceedings.

In court documents, the government alleged that on Jan. 19, a man, identified as John Doe, was inside his residence with his family, including two children. John Doe heard multiple gunshots, and one bullet lodged inside his residence. John Doe feared that he or his family would be harmed from the drive-by shooting. Law enforcement learned that Doney was in the area at the time of the shooting, and Doney ultimately admitted to firing the gunshots into John Doe’s home. Doney did so, in part, because Doney was upset about a physical fight he had with John Doe four months prior. Officers recovered 9mm casings outside John Doe’s residence, 9mm casings inside Doney’s vehicle and the 9mm firearm inside Doney’s residence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon is prosecuting the case. The FBI conducted the investigation.



Clair Johnson Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated June 27, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-200