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Friday, October 15, 2021

Wolf Point man admits assaulting man in the head with bat

GREAT FALLS – A Wolf Point man accused of attacking a man in the head with a bat on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation admitted to an assault charge today, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Harry B. Azure, 21, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Azure faces a maximum 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 set sentencing for Feb. 17, 2022. Azure was detained pending further proceedings.

In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that on Nov. 19, 2019 in Wolf Point, Azure and another individual broke through the door of the residence of the victim, identified as John Doe, struck the victim multiple times in the head with a small baseball bat and left. The victim initially was treated at a local hospital then flown to Billings because of the severity of injuries. The victim later told law enforcement that the assault occurred days after an incident involving the other individual.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy A. Johnson is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Fort Peck Tribal Police.

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Updated October 15, 2021