A man accused last year of attempted murder in Carbon County was charged Monday with assaulting another inmate at the Yellowstone County jail.
Timothy Holland Bennett, 33, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on a felony charge of aggravated assault.
Judge Larry Herman set bond at $25,000 and ordered Bennett to appear next week for arraignment in District Court.
Bennett is in the county jail on a $200,000 bond set in a case filed last September in Carbon County, which has a contract to house its inmates at the jail in Billings.
In that case, Bennett was initially charged with attempted murder for shooting at a man in the Bridger cemetery with a shotgun.
Bennett has since admitted to a lesser charge of assault with a weapon and is awaiting sentencing.
The assault charge at the jail alleges that Bennett severely beat another inmate on Friday.
According to court documents, Bennett told a jail officer that he was told to assault the man by another inmate because the victim was a "rat."
Later, Bennett allegedly admitted that he attacked the man because he had been "running his mouth."
The victim suffered a broken jaw and other injuries. He told a deputy that he had stepped out of his cell when he was attacked. The assailant hit him in the face and head numerous times, and left an abrasion on his chest that may have been caused when Bennett tried to stab him with a spoon.