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Monday, March 30, 2020

Harlem man sentenced in strangulation assault

GREAT FALLS— A Harlem man who admitted strangling his dating partner on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation was sentenced today to 23 months in prison and to two years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Allesandro Shalamar Foursouls, 27, pleaded guilty in December to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a dating partner. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

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 that Foursouls had assaulted her again a day or two prior.

Foursouls admitted to the FBI to squeezing the victim’s neck in the April assault.

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

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Updated March 30, 2020