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Sep 5, 2013 5:30 PM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News

A Billings man accused of breaking into a home and assaulting two nuns has plead not guilt

BILLINGS - A Billings man accused of breaking into a home and assaulting two nuns has plead not guilty.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Pine faces two felony counts of aggravated burglary and one misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

He appeared before Yellowstone County District Court Judge Mary Jane Knisely by video Thursday morning.

Pine's bond has been set at $250,000. A trial date will be set at a later date.

According to court documents, Pine assaulted two nuns in a west end home on Gregory Drive on August 14th, 2013.

Christopher Pine possibly gained access into the home with a pry bar.

90-year-old Sister Mary Maronick awoke to find Pine repeatedly striking 79-year-old Sister Clara Sherr.

Maronick told police she heard Sherr pray to God when Pine said quote, "God won't help you tonight."

When Maronick stepped in to intervene, she too was knocked down to the floor and repeatedly struck.

Between the two women, the assault lasted between five to ten minutes.

Throughout the assault, Pine demanded a "code." Not immediately knowing what he meant, Maronick eventually gave Pine the first four numbers of her credit card.

Pine was arrested on August 16 when detectives saw him in a stolen vehicle from a separate home invasion and assault case on 11th Street West.

At that time, he was also in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a baggie with white residue.

According to Yellowstone Deputy County Attorney Julie Mees, Pine's prior felony convictions date back to 2000, including an escape charge in 2005.

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