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Aug 19, 2013 7:17 PM by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News

Assault and home invasion suspect appears in court

BILLINGS - The only suspect behind bars after the attack and burglaries of three elderly women last week appeared in court Monday afternoon.

At this time, 32-year-old Christopher Pine faces two felony counts of aggravated burglary and one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents released Monday, it took up to 45 minutes before two nuns assaulted last Wednesday were even able to reach a phone to call 911.

Christopher Pine possibly gained access into the home on Gregory Drive with a pry bar.

90-year-old Sister Mary Maronick awoke to find Pine repeatedly striking 79-year-old Sister Clara Sherr.

Maronick told police she heard Sherr pray to God when Pine said quote, "God won't help you tonight."

When Maronick stepped in to intervene, she too was knocked down to the floor and repeatedly struck.

Between the two women, the assault lasted between five to ten minutes.

Throughout the assault, Pine demanded a "code." Not immediately knowing what he meant, Maronick eventually gave Pine the first four numbers of her credit card.

As reported last week, Pine was arrested Friday morning when detectives saw him in a stolen vehicle from a separate home invasion and assault case on 11th Street West.

At that time, he was also in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a baggie with white residue.

Bond for Christopher Pine was set at $250,000 Monday afternoon by Judge Larry Herman. His next court date is set for August 26th for arraignment.

During the hearing, Yellowstone Deputy County Attorney Julie Mees mentioned Pine's prior felony convictions dating back to 2000, including an escape charge in 2005.

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