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Busby man sentenced for assaulting an elderly woman

Posted at 10:00 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 00:00:18-05

Calvin Lee Lamewoman of Busby was sentenced in federal court in Billings on Wednesday to five years and three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release; he was also ordered to pay $26,599 restitution for Medicare, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a news release.

Lamewoman admitted assaulting an elderly woman in her 80s as she tried to break up a fight; he pleaded guilty in September to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The assault happened on May 5, 2016 in Busby on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, according to court records. The victim was in her 80s at the time and has since died, but her death was not from injuries suffered in the assault. The victim suffered bruises to her chest, broken ribs, a broken jaw and other fractures and bruises.

Lamewoman was fighting with another person at a Busby residence when the victim entered the living room to try to break up the argument. Lamewoman turned on the victim and repeatedly hit and kicked her, knocking her down.

Court documents state that the assault caused bruising to the victim’s chest wall, rib fractures, a severe upper jaw fracture, teeth damage, a severe subdural hematoma, a severe subarachnoid hematoma, and several orbital bone fractures.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters presided. Judge Watters ordered the sentence to run consecutively to another sentence. Lamewoman was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service after being sentenced.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Lamewoman also has convictions in Yellowstone County on charges of assault with a weapon, and criminal mischief.