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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Heart Butte man who shot up house, injuring three on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation sentenced to more than six years in prison

GREAT FALLS – A Heart Butte man who admitted to shooting up a house with a hunting rifle and wounding three of the occupants on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation was sentenced today to six years and six months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

David Eugene Wing, 44, pleaded guilty in October 2021 to a superseding information charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon and with carrying a firearm in commission of a crime of violence.

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

In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that on Jan. 1, 2020, during a New Year’s Eve party at a Lodge Pole residence, on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Wing was involved in a fight with multiple individuals after he slapped an individual, identified as Jane Doe. Wing left the party intoxicated and angry and drove to a nearby residence where he retrieved a 22-250 caliber hunting rifle. Individuals at the party warned everyone there that Wing likely would return with a gun for revenge. Wing drove back to the residence and fired three or four rounds into the residence with intent to harm Jane Doe and others he felt had attacked him. Shrapnel struck and injured Jane Doe, a minor child and another individual, identified as Jane Doe 2.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared C. Cobell prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI and the Fort Belknap Police Department.

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Contact: 
Clair J. Howard Public Affairs Officer 406-247-4623
Press Release Number: 
22-054
Updated February 23, 2022