Pryor man sentenced for hitting woman

2013-02-14T15:17:00Z 2013-02-27T16:12:28Z Pryor man sentenced for hitting womanGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Punching a woman in the face hard enough to break bones sent a Pryor man to federal prison for more than two years Thursday.

The defendant, William Joey Gutierrez III, 21, apologized to the victim, identified in court records as B.K.H.G., as he faced sentencing for pleading guilty to assault resulting in serious injury.

“I’ll do better,” he said.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull imposed a term near the high end of a guideline range of 24 months to 30 months. At the time of the assault last April, Gutierrez was on state probation for a felony involving beating the same victim, he said.

Prosecutors said Gutierrez and the victim were drinking at their house in Dunmore on the Crow Reservation when, because of “alcohol and jealousy,” he punched the woman in the face with his fist. The victim was treated at the hospital for fractures to bones around her eye.



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