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Bigknife pleads guilty to felony assault

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POLSON — Judge James Manley, who came out of retirement to substitute for Judge Molly Owen, set a sentencing date of Sept. 6 for a man accused of shooting an elderly man’s eye out with a BB gun. Marshall Bigknife, 19, entered a plea of guilty in Polson District Court on July 19 to felony assault with a weapon.

According to court records, at about 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2022, Polson Police responded to a report that a man on Main Street had an injury to his face. At the scene, Police witnessed an elderly man sleeping on a mattress in the alley off the 400 block of Main Street. The man claimed that he had been shot with a BB gun multiple times. Later, Polson Police observed a young man running north and began a pursuit. The young man was apprehended a short distance away and identified as Bigknife, who claimed to be intoxicated. When questioned about the BB gun and where it might be, Bigknife went silent. He eventually admitted that she shot the man 15 to 16 times with a CO2 powered BB gun and showed Police where he had stashed the BB gun. The victim was shot three times in his left eye and was initially treated at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson before he was airlifted to a hospital in Missoula. A physician in Polson indicated that the man will likely lose function of his left eye. Prosecutor Brendan McQuillan with the Lake County Attorney’s Office said the victim lost vision in his left eye and there is still a BB lodged in his brain.

This was the third incident involving a BB gun in Polson in the summer of 2022.

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