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Friday, January 10, 2020

Strangulation sends Lame Deer man to prison

BILLINGS—A Lame Deer man who admitted strangling a woman last year on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation was sentenced today to 30 months prison and three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Cameron Lee Russell, Sr., 43, pleaded guilty to strangulation in August.

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

The prosecution said in court records that Russell and the victim argued in a bedroom at a residence on March 13, 2019. When the victim pretended to throw a baby bottle at Russell, he rushed the victim, got on top of her and began to strangle her with both hands. The victim could not breathe or escape. Russell stopped when a child entered the room, but strangled the victim a second time before stopping eventually. The victim sent children to call police.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Dake prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI.


Indian Country Law and Justice
Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated January 10, 2020