GREAT FALLS — Allesandro Shalamar Foursouls of Harlem admitted in federal court in Great Falls on Thursday to assaulting a woman by strangling her, causing substantial injury, on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a news release.
Foursouls, 27 years old, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a dating partner, identified in court documents as "Jane Doe."
The prosecution said the assault occurred on April 13, 2019, at Foursouls’ grandmother’s home, where he lives. Foursouls and Doe were drinking alcohol when Foursouls became angry with something she said. Court documents allege that Foursouls told the woman, “I’ll kill you bitch,” and put his hands around her neck and squeezed until she lost consciousness. The woman was unable to escape until the next morning.
Doe went to the Indian Health Service emergency department, where she was treated for pain and injuries to her throat. She told medical staff that Foursouls had strangled her a day or two prior to her visit and that he had also strangled her about a week earlier.
Court documents state that the woman experienced pain when swallowing after the April incident that continued for months. She also suffered pain in her neck, ear, and head and began to slur her words and stutter at times due to the abuse and strangulations. She was treated for her injuries again in May at the Billings Clinic.
On August 26, law enforcement officer found Foursouls and Doe together; she had a fresh black eye and bruising on her chest, face, and legs that she said she had received during another assault by Foursouls a day or two prior.
In an interview with an FBI agent, Foursouls admitted to squeezing the victim’s neck in the April assault. When asked why, he said, “Sometimes I will see red and it only lasts for maybe a minute and then I realize what I am doing and I stop.”
Foursouls faces a maximum five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris presided and set sentencing for April 2, 2020. Foursouls remains jailed in the Cascade County Detention Center pending further proceedings.