A man is being held without bond after a prosecutor charged him with breaking into a home in the Heights, waking a sleeping mother and then raping and stabbing her.
Jessy Lee Williams, 32, appeared by video from the county jail in Yellowstone County District Court on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to felony charges of sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
At about 12:30 a.m. on March 1, police responded an assault report in the Heights. Officers found the victim on the kitchen floor of her neighbor’s house, where she had run to for help. She was shaking and covered in blood.
The woman told police she woke up to a man, later identified as Williams, strangling her and pulling her pants down, court records state.
She reported that the man raped her and choked her until she passed out. When she regained consciousness, she asked if she could get a drink, court records say. The attacker said she could.
The mother went to another room and got a drink, while Williams told her crying children to calm down, the documents say.
One of the woman’s children reported she woke up to her mother saying, “Oh no, it can’t be.” The child reported she went to her mother’s room and saw what was happening.
The woman told police she tried to run out the door of her home, but her attacker grabbed her.
She “felt warm blood and realized she had been stabbed,” court records state.
The woman’s son grabbed a knife and threw it at Williams, who told the boy "you’re going to get your mother killed,” court records state.
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Another child reported that Williams tackled the woman as she fled and held her face down in the snow.
According to court records, Williams had met the woman once before the attack and had ridden dirt bikes with her children.
Officers reported that a door to the woman's home had been badly damaged and forced open.
Agents of the U.S. Marshals Service found and arrested Williams on March 3.
At the time the crimes are alleged to have been committed, Williams was on supervised release from prison after his federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.
District Court Judge George W. Huss ordered Williams to be held without bond for one year, which is the remaining time of his federal sentence.
Once that time runs out, Williams will face a $200,000 bond.
Senior Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Brett Linneweber, the prosecutor assigned to the case, had asked for a bond of $500,000.
“This is an allegation of a very violent crime committed against a sleeping victim in her own home,” he said.
The prosecutor said that Williams was also convicted in 2004 of three robberies.