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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Shooting, wounding of pedestrian in Crow Agency sends Lodge Grass man to prison for seven years

BILLINGS — A Lodge Grass man who admitted to shooting and wounding a pedestrian from his vehicle in Crow Agency was sentenced today to seven years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Fabian Cruz Dawes, 31, pleaded guilty in May to an information charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that on April 7, Dawes was parked in a car near a convenience store in Crow Agency, on the Crow Indian Reservation.  Dawes then pulled up alongside of the victim, identified as John Doe, who was walking with another person, and had a short conversation. Dawes fired a single 9mm bullet at Doe, striking him in the leg, and drove away at a high rate of speed. Doe was treated for injuries at the Indian Health Services.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and FBI.

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Updated October 6, 2021