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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Poplar man admits assault charges in stabbings on Fort Peck Indian Reservation

GREAT FALLS – A Poplar man accused of stabbing two individuals at a Wolf Point residence on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation admitted to assault charges on Dec. 15, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said today.

Dewayne C. Shoots, Jr., 28, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Judge Morris will determine a sentence based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing was set for April 7, 2022. Shoots was detained pending further proceedings.

The government alleged in court documents that on March 5, 2020, a Wolf Point police officer was dispatched to a resident at about 1:09 a.m. A caller reported that Shoots had stabbed multiple victims. The officer saw a victim, identified as John Doe, outside the residence and covered in blood. John Doe said that Shoots had stabbed him. Another victim, identified as Jane Doe, was inside the residence and had also been stabbed by Shoots. Witnesses confirmed they saw Shoots fighting with the John Doe and then Shoots stabbed both John Doe and Jane Doe. Both victims suffered serious injuries.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy A. Johnson is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Wolf Point Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.

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Updated December 16, 2021