BILLINGS – An Ashland man who admitted assaulting a man, causing him multiple head injuries while brandishing a rifle in the North Cheyenne Indian Reservation, was today sentenced to 48 months of jail followed by three years of supervised release, Acting US Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
Channing Lee Ziler, 34, pleaded guilty in April to assault causing grievous bodily harm.
US District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.
In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that on December 31, 2017, officers from the Office of Indian Affairs responded to a 911 call at a residence in Ashland, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, where the people were drinking, including Ziler. Witnesses described Ziler as being violent that night. The victim, identified as John Doe, arrived at the residence with other people. Witnesses described Ziler as holding a gun when Doe arrived and saying, “Sounds like someone I can slap”. Ziler assaulted Doe, resulting in multiple lacerations to the head.
Ziler took Doe’s truck and drove off with Doe and another person. Law enforcement received another 911 call saying the truck had run out of gas and occupants set it on fire to keep warm in subzero temperatures. Ziler left the scene with the other individual, and law enforcement found Doe near the truck. Doe was taken to a Billings hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Assistant US Attorney Bryan T. Dake continued the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.