Millionaire Owner of Flathead Lake Mansion Sentenced for Assault

By Beacon Staff

MINNEAPOLIS — An 84-year-old man from Reno, Nevada, has been sentenced for assaulting a woman on board his private plane as they flew to Minnesota.

Robert M. Lee, who owns Cromwell Island on Flathead Lake and built a mansion on the property, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Minneapolis to 180 days of probation, including 30 days of home confinement, and 60 hours of community service.

Lee was fined $5,000, ordered to give the victim $431 in restitution and a letter of apology.

Lee pleaded guilty last July to misdemeanor assault. Court documents say Lee was traveling to a hospital in Rochester in September 2010 when he grabbed a paramedic and twisted her breast.

When the woman told Lee not to touch her, he replied, “I can do whatever I want. This is my airplane.”