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Montana man pleads guilty to assaulting and strangling a woman

Posted at 12:00 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 14:00:21-05

A Box Elder man who is accused of assaulting and strangling a woman on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty in federal court in Great Falls on Nov. 1 to domestic assault by a habitual offender.

Henry James Daychild, Jr., 41, admitted to the crime during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme.

Daychild faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

The prosecution said in court records that Daychild assaulted the victim on May 23, 2018 by hitting her and strangling her several times.

The victim lost consciousness twice during the assault. She escaped to a neighbor’s home to call the police and sought medical care. The victim has sustained serious injuries in the past as a result of Daychild’s abuse.

Daychild has four previous convictions for domestic violence.

Judge Morris set sentencing for Feb. 13. Daychild was detained by U.S. Marshals and remains in custody pending further proceedings.