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Poplar man sentenced to more than three years in prison for stabbing two people on Fort Peck Indian Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

GREAT FALLS  — A Poplar man who admitted to stabbing two individuals at a Wolf Point residence on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was sentenced today to three years and two months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Dewayne C. Shoots, Jr., 29, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to an indictment charging him with two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

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

The government alleged in court documents that on March 5, 2020, a Wolf Point police officer responded to a report that Shoots had stabbed multiple victims at a residence. The officer saw a victim, identified as John Doe, outside of the residence and bleeding from multiple stab wounds. The second victim, identified as Jane Doe, was lying on the floor inside of the residence and suffering from multiple stab wounds. Both victims identified Shoots as having stabbed them. Both victims suffered serious injuries. Witnesses confirmed they saw Shoots stab both John Doe and Jane Doe. All of the individuals at the scene had been consuming alcohol.

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








Clair J. Howard
Public Affairs Officer

Updated April 7, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Release Number: 22-089