Pryor man admits domestic assault
BILLINGS — A Pryor man accused of beating a woman on the Crow Indian Reservation admitted to a domestic assault crime today, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.
Christian Aaron Monroy, 25, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with domestic assault by a habitual offender. Monroy faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. A sentencing date will be set before U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Monroy was detained pending further proceedings.
In court documents, the government alleged that in June 2021, the victim, identified as Jane Doe, was driving a car with Monroy as a passenger. Monroy began to tease and tickle Jane Doe, who accidently hit Monroy in the face with her elbow. Later, with Monroy now driving, Jane Doe threw a bottle of Monroy’s alcohol out of the window. Monroy stopped the car near Chief Plenty Coups Park and began assaulting Jane Doe. The assault continued after the two arrived at Monroy’s home. Jane Doe received treatment for injuries at a Billings hospital. Monroy and Jane Doe were in a dating relationship at the time. Monroy had been convicted in January 2020 and June 2021 of partner or family member assault for assaulting previous girlfriends.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek and Special Assistant U.S Attorney Jeanne Torske are prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Clair Johnson Howard
Public Affairs Officer