BILLINGS – Former state Sen. Jason Priest pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon to four misdemeanor charges in an assault case involving his daughter and wife.
According to the Carbon County Clerk of Court's Office, Priest pleaded guilty to two counts of partner or family member assault and one each of assault and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.
Appearing in Carbon County District Court, Priest entered the guilty pleas and then the case went directly into sentencing because all of the amended charges were misdemeanors.
The clerk's office was not able to provide details of Priest's sentence. For misdemeanor partner or family member assault, state law calls for a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a fine of as much as $100,000. The assault and resisting arrest charges each carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine of up to $500.
Charging documents state that Priest threw his 4-year-old daughter through a doorway and tried to push his wife down a set of stairs during a Feb. 1 incident outside his Red Lodge home.
He previously denied felony assault on a minor and misdemeanor partner or family assault and resisting arrest counts and was scheduled to go to trial Jan. 12.
Charging documents stated that in addition to throwing his daughter and shoving his wife, Priest tackled his wife's boyfriend, Jon Trapp, to the ground and then struggled with Red Lodge police officer Matt Grieshop, who responded to the incident.
Priest has remained free since shortly after the incident on a posted $1,500 bond.