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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Jury convicts Wolf Point man of assaulting, abusing minor

Great Falls – A federal jury today convicted a Wolf Point man accused of assaulting and abusing a minor on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

After a three-day trial that began on Nov. 17, the jury found Luke John Scott, Sr., 33, guilty of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and felony child abuse.

Scott faces a maximum sentence of a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Judge Morris set sentencing for March 24, 2021 and ordered Scott detained.

“One of the most important obligations we have as a society is protecting our children. Those who harm them, like Mr. Scott, will be held accountable. I want to thank Assistant U.S. Attorney Kalah Paisley, the FBI and Fort Peck Law Enforcement Services for their investigation and prosecution of this case,” U.S. Attorney Alme said.

The prosecution presented evidence in court documents and at trial that in March 2019 in Wolf Point, Scott assaulted a minor child, who was under the age of 18, by repeated blunt force trauma to the face and strangulation. The victim was treated for serious injuries.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kalah Paisley prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Fort Peck Law Enforcement Services.

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Updated November 19, 2020