GREAT FALLS -- Dallas Lawrence of Box Elder has been convicted of two rapes, two strangulations, two assaults with intent to commit murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office says that Lawrence, 32 years old, now faces a maximum of life in prison for the rapes, 20 years on the assaults with intent to commit murder, and 10 years for the strangulations and assault with a dangerous weapon charges.
He also faces a $250,000 fine on each count, and up to five years of supervised release.
Evidence presented at trial by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Weiss showed that Lawrence and the victim were in a relationship where Lawrence became increasingly physically and verbally abusive.
In September 2013, Lawrence stabbed the victim in her calf. She was found walking around Havre, and was taken to a hospital where doctors treated her stab wound.
The woman told the doctors her boyfriend had stabbed her in the leg and that she was in an abusive relationship. She said Lawrence had also tried to break her arms and legs to keep her from leaving.
The evidence also showed that in March 2014, Lawrence strangled the same victim with a humidifier cord after asking her, "How do you want me to do you in, fast or slow?"
The woman was able to slip two fingers under the cord, but she still couldn't breathe. She managed to escape the cord.
Lawrence continued to control her after that by making her stay in her room, and controlling where she went and who she was around. He kept the keys to the car, and made threats to her about trying to leave him.
In May 2014, Lawrence again strangled her after beating her, and asked her again if she wanted to die fast or slow. He gripped both hands around her neck and began to strangle her. She tried to slide away, but he kept strangling her to the point that she blacked out.
Lawrence later told her he thought he had killed her and was going to hide her body in a crawlspace until he could find a place to bury it.
During the same time period in early summer 2014, Lawrence forced the victim to have sex with him on two occasions.