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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lame Deer man sentenced in stabbings of two women

BILLINGS—A Lame Deer man who admitted stabbing two women on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation last year was sentenced today to 68 months in prison and three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Keyshawn Trey Sandcrane, 23, pleaded guilty in March to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a dating partner.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters presided.

The prosecution said in court records that Sandcrane, who has abused methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol since he was 18, assaulted the victims on Nov. 12, 2018 in a Lame Deer residence. The first victim, his girlfriend, was in another room when she heard the second victim yell, “He’s trying to stab me.” The first victim went into the kitchen area and saw Sandcrane throw the second victim into the washer and dryer area. Sandcrane hit the first victim and slashed her face with a knife. Sandcrane also stabbed the second victim three times in the leg and arm. Both victims were treated for their injuries.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Dake prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI.

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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated July 17, 2019