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Oct 8, 2013 8:03 PM by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News

Alleged nun assault suspect faces additional charges

BILLINGS - A Billings man accused of assaulting and robbing two nuns is now connected to a second home invasion and robbery.

Christopher Pine, 32, now faces six new charges in addition to three previous charges for the crimes he allegedly committed this past August. He pleaded not guilty to all nine charges.

Pine appeared in Yellowstone County District Court Tuesday morning by video before Yellowstone County Judge Russell Fagg.

An amended affidavit reveals Pine allegedly broke into another home the night before he assaulted two nuns.

Just after midnight on August 13, Pine allegedly entered the home of a 77-year-old Billings woman on 11th Street West.

The affidavit says the woman woke up when she heard noise in her living room. She came face to face with a man who shined a flashlight into her eyes and pushed her onto the floor.

Pine demanded money, the woman's car keys, jewelry and pain pills. She told investigators Pine pulled her house phone off of the wall and told her that he has a scanner. He said if she called 9-1-1 for help, he would hear the call and return to kill her.

The report says Pine also made off with several other items from the victims home including televisions, a mountain bike, a Blu-Ray player and credit cards. Investigation determined the credit cards were used at several Billings area banks, gas stations, casinos and stores.

Questioning by detectives reveals there was a second person inside of the home during the robbery. The victim said she did not see the person but she did hear someone else. Billings Police Department Lieutenant Kevin Iffland said the search for that suspect is ongoing.

The following night, Police say Pine, along with the second suspect broke into another home and assaulted two nuns on Gregory Drive.

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

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

Sherr told detectives she woke up and saw someone in her bedroom. She thought it was Maronick and asked "What are you looking for?" After realizing two men were in her room, she told them to get out.

The report goes on to say one of the suspects hit her with an object and continued to forcefully assault Sherr.

Sherr recalls Maronick eventually walking into the room. 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.

Pine was arrested on August 16 when detectives saw him in a stolen vehicle from the 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.

Pine faces a total of 7 felony counts including three counts of robbery, three counts of deceptive practices and one count of intimidation. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of criminal destruction or tampering with communication device and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pine originally faced two felony charges of aggravated burglary and one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

A trial date has been set for December 9, 2013. Pine is currently being held on a $250,000 bond in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.


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BILLINGS - A Billings man accused of assaulting two nuns now faces six more charges in addition to the three filed this past summer.

Chistopher Pine, 32, faces three felony counts of robbery, one felony count of intimidation and three felony counts of deceptive practices. He also faces two misdemeanor counts including criminal destruction or tampering with communication device and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pine appeared before Yellowstone County District Court Judge Russell Fagg by video Tuesday morning. He pleaded not guilty to all eight counts. The county also requested a D.N.A. swab from Pine.

According to court documents, Pine assaulted two nuns in a west end home on Gregory Drive on August 14, 2013.

Christopher Pine possibly gained access into the home 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.

Pine was arrested on August 16 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.

According to Yellowstone Deputy County Attorney Julie Mees, Pine's prior felony convictions date back to 2000, including an escape charge in 2005.

A trial date has been set for December 9, 2013. Pine is currently being held on a $250,000 bond in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

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