Box Elder Man Pleads Guilty to Domestic Abuse by Habitual Offender

(Great Falls)- A Box Elder man suspected of strangling and assaulting a woman on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation admitted Monday to domestic assault by habitual offender, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich.

Clay Bad Hawk, 25, pleaded guilty to domestic abuse by habitual offender. Bad Hawk faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 dollar fine and three years of supervised release. In court documents, the government alleged that in December 2021, Bad Hawk punched, slapped, kicked and strangled the victim, who was in a relationship with him. Box Elder officers responded to a call of assault and found the victim hiding under a porch. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries. The victim told law enforcement she thought she was going to die, and that Bad Hawk had assaulted her before. Bad Hawk had two prior domestic violence convictions from Tribal Court.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Sentencing was set for February 9th,2023.
Bad Hawk was detained pending further proceedings.

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