GREAT FALLS – A Poplar accused of stabbing two people at a Wolf Point residence on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation has admitted to being charged with assault on Dec. 15, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said today. .
Dewayne C. Shoots, Jr., 28, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts of assault causing grievous bodily harm. The crime carries a maximum sentence 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 a sentence based on US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing was set for April 7, 2022. Shoots has been detained pending further proceedings.
The government alleged in court documents that on March 5, 2020, a Wolf Point police officer was dispatched to a resident at around 1:09 a.m. A caller reported that Shoots stabbed multiple victims. The officer saw a victim, identified as John Doe, outside the residence covered in blood. John Doe said Shoots stabbed him. Another victim, identified as Jane Doe, was inside the residence and had also been stabbed by Shoots. Witnesses confirmed seeing Shoots fight with the John Doe, then Shoots stabbed John Doe and Jane Doe. Both victims suffered serious injuries.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy A. Johnson is pursuing the case, which has been investigated by the FBI, the Wolf Point Police Department and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.