BILLINGS – A 34-year-old Ashland man who confessed to assaulting a man, causing him multiple head injuries while brandishing a rifle in the North Cheyenne Indian Reservation, has been sentenced to 48 months of jail followed by three years on probation, acting US attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
In April, Channing Lee Ziler pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm.
US District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.
According to a Department of Justice statement, in court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that on December 31, 2017, officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs responded to a 911 call at a home in Ashland, in the north Cheyenne Indian Reservation, where people drank, including Ziler.
Witnesses described Ziler as being violent that night. The victim arrived at the house with others. Witnesses described Ziler holding a gun when Doe arrived and said, “Looks like someone I can slap. “
Ziler then allegedly assaulted Doe, causing multiple lacerations to his head.
Ziler picked up the victim’s truck and drove off with the victim and another person. Law enforcement received another 911 call saying the truck had run out of gas and occupants set it on fire to keep warm in subzero temperatures.
Ziler left the scene with the other individual and the police found the victim near the truck. The victim was taken to a hospital in Billings for treatment.
Assistant US Attorney Bryan T. Dake continued the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.