Separate Warm Springs cases

Two Warm Springs men have pleaded guilty in federal court to felony assault charges in separate cases.

Joseph Craig, 48, pleaded guilty Nov. 13 in the U.S. District Court in Portland, to assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class C felony.

Aby: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Joseph Craigt the time of the assault, Craig was on post-prison supervision in Wasco County for criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants for a fatal crash on Dec. 2, 2006. He was sentenced Jan. 12, 2007, to six years in prison, and three years of post-prison supervision.

On July 18, on the Warm Springs Reservation, Craig, a Warm Springs tribal member, assaulted his girlfriend in a domestic violence incident, according to Craig Gabriel, assistant U.S. attorney, who prosecuted the case.

Warm Springs police learned about the incident two days later, when the victim was arrested for an outstanding warrant and "police noticed she had extensive bruising on her face, around her eyes and throughout her body," he said.

"Initially, while the victim was still in the defendant's presence, she reported she had been in a fight with some girl," Gabriel said. "But, once the victim was taken out of the defendant's presence, she admitted that the bruising was a result of the defendant punching her in the face and hitting her a couple days prior to her arrest."

The victim said that the two had gotten into a verbal argument, he had punched her in the face approximately three times with a closed fist, and the injuries were extremely painful.

Craig, who remains in custody, will be sentenced Feb. 26, 2014, before Judge Anna J. Brown. The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Stabbing charged

Tribal member Robert Lee Howe, 32, pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm, also a Class C felony.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Robert Lee HoweThe incident occurred on April 16, on the Warm Springs Reservation, where Howe stabbed a male victim multiple times with a knife, and then a screwdriver when the knife broke.

"The stabbing all happened in and around the defendant's truck, which was parked in a remote area of the reservation," said Gabriel. "But, after the stabbing, the defendant and the victim walked to a neighbor's house near Wolfe Point."

When the neighbors came outside, they saw that the victim had been stabbed and confronted the defendant, a friend of the victim, who said he had done it "because he set me up," Gabriel reported.

"Mr. Howe was high on methamphetamine, and in no way did the victim 'snitch out' the defendant," said Gabriel. "Mr. Howe was being delusional."

Police and medics arrived at the house and ensured that the victim was transported to St. Charles Madras, where he received emergency medical treatment for his life-threatening injuries.

Craig fled the scene, but was arrested by police the next day. He remains in custody awaiting sentencing in the U.S. District Court in Portland on Feb. 20, before Judge Michael Simon.

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