Butte man admits strangling woman on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

BILLINGS — A Butte man accused of strangling a woman on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation admitted the charges Friday, April 8, 2022, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Isaiah Benjamin Antelope, 26, pleaded guilty to strangulation. Antelope faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided. Sentencing was set for August 17. The court will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other sentencing factors. Antelope was detained pending further prosecution.

In court documents, the government alleged that in July 2020, the victim traveled to Antelope’s home in the Lame Deer area of ​​the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation for Antelope’s assistance in fixing a tire. punctured on a car. After trying to fix the tire, Antelope and the victim entered the house. The victim was scared because the two had argued the night before. The two exchanged words and then Antelope strangled the victim with his hands. Antelope had strangled the victim on other occasions and caused him to pass out or feel like he was going to pass out.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is pursuing the case, which has been investigated by the FBI.

Nohemi M. Moore