Fort Peck Man Sentenced for Glass Bottle Stabbings
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, Montana, on June 6, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris, DAVID V. CHASER, of the Fort Peck Reservation, was sentenced to a term of 54 months’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release, and a special assessment of $200.
Chaser was charged with and pleaded to three counts of assault after hitting a man over the head with a glass bottle at a house and then taking its jagged remains and stabbing a woman in the face and neck with it. The injuries barely missed her jugular vein and an important artery, which could have led to massive blood loss or death. Chaser then ran to a nearby gas station where he reported to law enforcement that he had just stabbed someone.
The court sentenced Chaser to 54 months of imprisonment, with three years of supervised release to follow. Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that Chaser will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Chaser does have the opportunity to shorten the term of custody by earning credit for good behavior. However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.