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Friday, December 6, 2019

Harlem man admits assault by strangling victim

GREAT FALLS – A Harlem man admitted on Thursday to assaulting his dating partner by strangling her, causing substantial injury, on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Allesandro Shalamar Foursouls, 27, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a dating partner. Foursouls 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 April 2, 2020. Foursouls was detained pending further proceedings.

In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution said the assault occurred on April 13, 2019 at Foursouls’ grandmother’s home, where he lives. Foursouls and the victim, a dating partner, were drinking alcohol when Foursouls became angry with something she said. Foursouls told the victim, “I’ll kill you bitch,” and put his hands around her neck and squeezed until she lost consciousness. The victim was unable to escape until the next morning. She went to the Indian Health Service emergency room, where she was treated for pain and injuries to her throat. The victim told the medical staff that Foursouls had strangled her a day or two prior to her visit and that he had strangled her previously about a week earlier. The victim continued to experience pain from the assault and was treated again in May at Billings Clinic in Billings.

In August, law enforcement saw Foursouls and the victim together and the victim had a fresh black eye and bruising on her body. The victim told officers Foursouls had assaulted her again a day or two prior.

In an interview with an FBI agent, Foursouls admitted to squeezing the victim’s neck in the April assault. When asked why, he said, “Sometimes I will see red and it only lasts for maybe a minute and then I realize what I am doing and I stop.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Fort Belknap Law Enforcement Services.

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Updated December 6, 2019