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Joliet mayor charged with assault with a weapon

Posted at 1:27 PM, Dec 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-20 15:38:28-05

BILLINGS — Dakota Zachariah Mitchem, the mayor of Joliet in Carbon County about 30 miles southwest of Billings, has been charged with a felony for allegedly holding a gun under a woman's chin.

Mitchem, who also serves as the town's Postmaster, was charged in Carbon County District Court on Monday with one count of felony assault with a weapon.

According to court records, the charge stems from an incident on Sunday at a Joliet residence on Second Street.

Two Carbon County Sheriff's deputies said they interviewed a woman about a call to dispatch regarding a domestic disturbance at the residence and were told that Mitchem had threatened the woman with a handgun by putting it under her chin and stating, "I have the kids." The woman was identified by the initials A.E.

Court officials said Mitchem made a preliminary appearance Monday in Joliet City Court and an arraignment hearing is pending in Carbon County District Court and has yet to be scheduled. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Mitchem was not available for comment on Tuesday, but Joliet City Attorney Juliane Lore returned a call on his behalf and said he looks forward to providing more information about the situation in the near future.