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W.S. man sentenced for assault

With intent to do bodily harm


A Warm Springs man, Murray Kalama, 50, was sentenced for domestic violence on Monday, in the U.S. District Court in Portland.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Murray KalamaKalama had pleaded guilty in July to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm, a Class C felony, which resulted from an incident on June 2.

According to Craig Gabriel, assistant U.S. attorney, Kalama had been drinking all day and was intoxicated in the evening, when he struck his wife in the back of the head with a heavy Disney cup.

"He struck her with such force that the back of her head split open," said Gabriel. "She ran from the house to a neighbor's residence, and the neighbor saw her injuries and called the police."

The Warm Springs Police Department responded to the scene and arrested Kalama. His wife was taken to St. Charles Madras, where she received medical attention and staples to close the wound in the back of her head.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against him later that month.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon sentenced Kalama to 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, with numerous conditions, including anger management classes, domestic violence counseling, no alcohol, and residential drug and alcohol treatment center for up to six months after he's released from prison.

"The judge specifically prohibited the defendant from entering the Rainbow Market for any reason during the three years of supervised probation," said Gabriel.

The judge did not issue a no-contact order. "However, Judge Simon said that if the victim desired such a condition in the future, she can talk to the U.S. probation office," he noted.

"Whether it's in tribal court or federal court, domestic violence crimes that occur in Indian Country will be prosecuted and offenders will be held accountable to protect the safety of the victims," said Gabriel.



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