Man charged with repeatedly assaulting wife

2014-05-05T17:27:00Z 2014-05-06T17:17:05Z Man charged with repeatedly assaulting wifeBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man appeared in court Monday on charges that he repeatedly assaulted his wife over the weekend and threatened her with a revolver.

Robert James Slayton, 38, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a felony charge of assault with a weapon and two misdemeanor counts of partner or family member assault.

Police responded Sunday to a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of Custer Avenue and found Slayton standing over a woman, later identified as his wife.

The woman told police that the day before Slayton had threatened to kill her and assaulted her. When she walked away from the residence with her children, Slayton followed her in a pickup, pointed a revolver at her and told her and the children to get in the truck, according to charging documents.

The woman said that Sunday, before police arrived, Slayton had punched her in the face and again threatened to kill.

An officer said Slayton appeared to be extremely drunk.

Judge David A. Carter set Slayton’s bond at $7,500 and ordered the man to have no contact with his wife and not to have any alcohol.

Slayton is set to enter pleas on the charges on May 12.

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