A man accused of attacking another man with a crow bar admitted assault charges in federal court on Monday.
During a hearing before Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Helena, Wendell Lester Wolf Black Sr., 46, of Crow Agency, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious injury.
Prosecutor Lori Suek said the attack happened on June 18, 2012 when Wolf Black and his two sons drove to the victim’s home in Dunmore on the Crow Reservation. The victim, who was not identified, came outside when Wolf Black knocked on his door.
The victim, Suek said, was unaware of any problems between himself and the Wolf Blacks, but Wolf Black thought the victim was responsible for a prior assault that caused disabling injuries to one of his sons.
The victim asked Wolf Black for a cigarette and followed him to his truck, Suek said. That’s when Wolf Black hit the victim in the leg, back and head with a crow bar. The victim fell to the ground and was unable to defend himself, Suek said.
During the attack, the victim heard one of the sons yell, “This is for my brother,” and Wolf Black said, “This is for fighting my son,” Suek said.
The victim was treated for his injuries, which included multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung, Suek said.
Haddon set sentencing for Jan. 6 in Helena. Wolf Black faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. He remains in custody.