Man admits to abusing victim on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation

GREAT FALLS – A man suspected of strangling and assaulting a woman on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation today admitted to being the victim of domestic assault by a repeat offender, US Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Clay Bad Hawk, 25, pleaded guilty to domestic violence by a repeat offender. Bad Hawk faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Justice Morris will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing was set for February 9, 2023. Bad Hawk was detained pending further proceedings.

In court documents, the government alleged that in December 2021, Bad Hawk punched, slapped, kicked and choked the victim, identified as Jane Doe, who was in a relationship with him. Officers responded to an assault call and found the victim hiding on a porch. The victim was taken to hospital to treat his injuries. The victim told law enforcement that she thought she was going to die and that Bad Hawk had assaulted her before. Bad Hawk has previous convictions for domestic violence in tribal court.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is pursuing the case, which has been investigated by the FBI, Chippewa Cree Law Enforcement and the Rocky Boy Police Department.

Nohemi M. Moore