Man accused of choking girlfriend while high on spice

2014-02-10T16:53:00Z 2014-02-11T00:19:06Z Man accused of choking girlfriend while high on spiceGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
February 10, 2014 4:53 pm  • 

A 22-year-old man accused of assaulting his girlfriend while high on a drug commonly known as spice made an initial court appearance on Monday.

Boston John Buckmiller appeared before Judge David A. Carter on one count of felony aggravated assault.

The judge set Buckmiller’s bond at $15,000 and told him to have no contact with the alleged victim or any witnesses.

Charging documents say police responded to a disturbance at about 3 a.m. Saturday in the 3400 block of Lynn and spoke with a woman who said her boyfriend, Buckmiller, had assaulted her.

An officer reported that Buckmiller was screaming and didn’t calm down until threatened with a Taser, the records state.

The girlfriend explained that Buckmiller had repeatedly choked her, the documents say.

She and a witness told police that Buckmiller was usually under the influence of spice, which may have had something to do with his aggression.

Charging documents say that the witness had to put Buckmiller in a choke hold to keep him from further attacking his girlfriend until police arrived.

The woman reported to police that she and Buckmiller had been in a relationship for about three years and that during that time he had assaulting her often, sometimes as frequently as once a week, an affidavit states.

Court records say law enforcement responded to a call at the same residence several hours earlier, but were unable to make contact with the alleged victim.

Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Benjamin J. Halverson said seven officers had to work to get Buckmiller into the jail, and that once there, Buckmiller was so agitated that the officers were unable to take a statement from him.

Halverson also said that Buckmiller has two pending misdemeanor partner or family assault charges in Municipal Court from last year and 2012. It was not clear Monday if those charges involve his girlfriend.

Buckmiller is scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 20.

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