Assault on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation sends Ashland man to jail | USAO-MT

BILLINGS – An Ashland man who admitted to assaulting a man, causing him multiple head injuries while brandishing a rifle on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, was today sentenced to 48 months in prison followed by three years on probation, said Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Channing Lee Ziler, 34, pleaded guilty in April to assault causing grievous bodily harm.

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

In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that on December 31, 2017, Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call at a residence in Ashland, N. northern Cheyenne Indian reservation, where people were drinking, including Ziler. Witnesses described Ziler as being violent that night. The victim, identified as John Doe, arrived at the residence with other individuals. Witnesses described Ziler as holding a gun when Doe arrived and saying, “That looks like someone I can slap.” Ziler assaulted Doe, resulting in multiple lacerations to the head.

Ziler took Doe’s truck and drove off with Doe and one other person. Law enforcement received another 911 call saying the truck had run out of gas and the occupants had set it on fire to stay warm in sub-zero temperatures. Ziler left the scene with the other individual and law enforcement found Doe near the truck. Doe was taken to a hospital in Billings for treatment of his injuries.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan T. Dake prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Nohemi M. Moore