Trial set in state senator assault case

2014-04-29T06:30:00Z 2014-04-29T17:31:06Z Trial set in state senator assault caseGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The trial for State Sen. Jason Priest — who is charged with assaulting his daughter, estranged wife and her boyfriend — has been set for mid-August.

According to the Carbon County Clerk of Court’s office, an omnibus hearing has been set for 11 a.m. May 29 and Priest’s trial has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 12.

Priest appeared Feb. 20 in District Court in Red Lodge, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of felony assault on a minor and misdemeanor counts of partner or family member assault, assault and resisting arrest.

Those charges stem from an incident outside Priest’s home in Red Lodge on Feb. 1.

According to charging documents, Priest threw his 4-year-old daughter through a doorway, tried to shove his wife, Anna Priest, down some stairs, tackled her boyfriend, Jonathan Trapp, to the ground and struggled with an officer who intervened.

Court records state Priest’s daughter sustained a 1-inch bump after landing on her head, and Trapp was treated at a hospital for a broken rib.

Priest was released from jail after posting on a $1,500 bond.

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