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Billings man charged for Mother's Day stabbing

Billings man charged for Mother's Day stabbing

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A 20-year-old Billings man repeatedly stabbed his 42-year-old girlfriend on Mother's Day in what prosecutors describe as a one-sided suicide pact.

John Claud Brown appeared Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on two felony charges of assault with a weapon.

Judge Larry Herman set bond at $20,000.

According to prosecutors, the assault happened shortly after midnight Sunday. Brown was angry with his mother, a prosecutor said, and went to visit his girlfriend, identified in court records as S.I.

The woman said she had been dating Brown for a few months. After he arrived at her residence early Sunday, they went to his apartment, where Brown grabbed a large kitchen knife, court records state.

"S.I. advised...(Brown) wanted to form a suicide pact with her, but she declined," court records state.

The couple ended up in an area below the Rimrocks in the 600 block of North 12th Street. The woman said she was trying to talk Brown out of killing himself when he stabbed her in the chest.

The woman said she thinks she was stabbed five times before she was then hit on the side of the head with a large rock.

The woman called 911 when Brown walked away, court records state.

Officers arrived to find S.I. and Brown "lying side by side on the ground." An officer shined a flashlight at the couple and could see blood on S.I.'s shirt and head.

Brown is alleged to have admitted to stabbing S.I. and hitting her with a rock. He told officers he broke the knife and hid it in a rock crevice. An officer found the handle of the knife, court records state, but could not find the broken blade.  

The woman was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare. Information on her condition was not available Monday because her name has not been released.

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