A Box Elder man faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting that he assaulted and strangled a woman on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.
Henry James Daychild Jr., 41, admitted the crime last week in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls.
He pleaded guilty to domestic assault as a habitual offender. Morris set Feb. 13 as the sentencing date. In addition to the prison time, Daychild could also be fined $250,000 and be placed on probation for three years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell said that Daychild assaulted the victim on May 23, 2018, by hitting her numerous times. The victim lost consciousness twice during the beating. She escaped to a neighbor’s home and called police and medical attention.
The FBI and Chippewa Cree criminal investigators conducted the investigation.
The prosecution said the woman had been seriously injured from an earlier Daychild beating. He had four earlier tribal domestic violence convictions.
Correction: This version has been updated to correct Daychild’s name in the last paragraph.
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