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Lame Deer man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of woman

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Posted at 4:09 PM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 00:59:01-04

The man accused of running over a Lame Deer mother of three in 2020 on the Northern Cheyenne reservation pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in federal court in Billings Friday, according to acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson.

Jerard Davind Threefingers, 31 of Lame Deer, faces a statutory maximum of eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. A plea agreement filed in the case calls for a term of five years of probation to be imposed if the judge accepts the agreement at sentencing. The judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The charge stems from the death of 33-year-old Christy Woodenthigh of Lame Deer, who was run over by a vehicle driven by Threefingers in March 2020. The two had two children together.

Federal prosecutors alleged in court documents that Threefingers, Woodenthigh and other were hanging out and drinking at a Muddy Cluster house on the reservation on March 6, 2020.

Threefingers and Woodenthigh began arguing, and he drove away, then returned. The two continued their argument, and Woodenthigh tried to punch at Threefingers through the car window and grabbed the door handle as the car drove away, according to court documents.

Her hand became lodged in the handle, and she fell and got caught under the car, according to court documents.

Threefingers took her to a relative's house, where an ambulance was called and she was rushed to the hospital. She was pronounced dead of multiple blunt force trauma.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters ordered Threefingers released and set sentencing for Sept. 17.