48-year-old charged in connection with coffee cup attack

2014-04-22T17:15:00Z 2014-04-23T08:34:04Z 48-year-old charged in connection with coffee cup attackBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 48-year-old man made an initial court appearance Tuesday on a charge that he was involved with assaulting a man who prosecutors say was attacked Sunday with a broken coffee cup.

Michael Bruce Shrader appeared by video from the county jail in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a charge of felony assault with a weapon by accountability.

Judge David A. Carter set Shrader’s bond at $3,500.

According to charging documents, police responded to a report of a stabbing Sunday in the 1700 block of First Avenue North.

The alleged victim said he had been hanging out with Shrader and Phoebe Gail Feather, who attacked him after she learned he had used a derogatory word to describe his girlfriend. The alleged victim said Shrader also punched him in the face several times.

Feather, who is also known by the name Phoebe Gail White Eagle, admitted to police she used a coffee cup to hit the man, according to charging documents.

The alleged victim was treated at a Billings hospital for a “deep laceration” to one hand and cuts to his stomach, face and legs, according to charging documents.

Police reported finding half of a broken coffee cup with blood on it.

The county attorney’s office charged Feather on Monday with felony assault with a weapon. She is scheduled to enter a plea to the charge in Yellowstone County District Court on April 29.

Erik Michael Moore, Shrader’s attorney, said his client had bruises up and down his body and that the case may turn into a he said/she said situation.

Shrader is scheduled to enter a plea on the assault charge on May 2.

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