GREAT FALLS – A Brockton man accused of beating another person at his home on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation admitted assault charges today, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
James Michael Garcia, 29, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Garcia faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Judge Morris set sentencing for Feb. 9, 2022. Garcia was detained pending further proceedings.
The government alleged in court documents that on Aug. 26, 2018, Garcia hit the victim, identified as Jane Doe, after an argument over the phone with a relative of the victim. The victim suffered serious bodily injuries.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared C. Cobell is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Fort Peck Tribal Law Enforcement.
Department of Justice
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