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Friday, February 4, 2022

Lame Deer man sentenced to 33 months in prison for stabbing woman on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

BILLINGS — A Lame Deer man who admitted to assaulting a woman by stabbing her through a car window was sentenced today to 33 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Brett William James Jones, 29, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to assault resulting in bodily injury.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

The government alleged in court documents that on May 18, 2019 in Lame Deer, located on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Jones went to a residence, was intoxicated and started a confrontation over twenty dollars. Jones began threatening people with a knife. The victim, identified as Jane Doe, got into a van to drive to the police station and report the disturbance. She stopped when she saw Jones in front of the van. Witnesses indicated that Jones broke the driver’s side window before stabbing Doe in the arm. Doe was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI.

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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: 
22-030
Updated February 4, 2022