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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Man sentenced to prison for assaulting dating partner on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation

GREAT FALLS -- A man who admitted beating his dating partner on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and causing her substantial injuries was sentenced today to 18 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Gordon Andrew Messerly, Jr., 43, address unknown, pleaded guilty in June to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury.

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

The government alleged in court documents that on Dec. 27, 2019 on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Messerly assaulted his dating partner, identified as Jane Doe, by striking her in the head. Doe was treated for injuries at the hospital.

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

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Updated October 6, 2021